The newly elected Solomon Islands Member of Parliament for East Makira will today take her Oath in Parliament.
Ms. Lilly Maefai who won at the Bye Election on December 11th credited her overwhelming victory to the supporters of her late husband Mr. Charles Maefai, who died in July this year just three months after he won the April 3rd election.
“Supporters of my late husband just wanted the development plans he has for East Makira to be pursued and implemented,” Maefai said. “At first I was a bit hesitant because I am a woman from Malaita. But when they kept coming to me and asking that I contest in the by-election, I decided to say yes to their request.”
And like any Elections, her rivals did not give her an easy time during the campaign.
“They kept telling the people that I am from Malaita and if I win the election, I’ll just forget about East Makira constituents. Little did my rivals realised that I’ve already won the hearts and minds of the voters with my generiousity during the short time my husband was their MP. In fact before I started my campaign, I already knew that I am going to win because of the overwhelming support I got from the voters.”
Maefai thanked the voters of East Makira and assured them she’ll work with the committees her late husband had set up to implement the development plans for the constituency.
She also confirmed that she is a member of the Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare’s Our Party.