Politics Archive July 2010

Electoral Commission Reminds Voters

Chief Electoral Officer Polycarp Haununu, has urged people who have registered to vote in the Solomon Islands General Elections to be prompt to polling stations.

Special Election Awareness for North New Georgia

Voters in North New Georgia, Western Province, will undergo a special seven-day 'how to vote' awareness program this week.

August Fourth Declared a Holiday

The Ministry of Home Affairs has advised the Electoral Commission that the Solomon Islands National Election day, Wednesday 4 August, will be declared a national public holiday.
"I honestly think that it's going to be more of the same," says Dr Tarcisius Kabutaulaka.

Academic Predicts Similar Political Pattern

A Solomon Islands academic says he's not optimistic that next week's election will produce a government that will deliver more to rural people.
Mr. Paul Tovua, Special Envoy will be travelling in Dr.Sikua's place.

Dr. Sikua to be Absent in Upcoming Meeting

The Solomon Islands Government has confirmed that the caretaker Prime Minister, Dr. Derek Sikua will not be attending next week's Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Summit to be held in Vanuatu.

Election Observers: Eyes and Ears of Election

Over sixty local observers have been briefed by the Solomon Islands Electoral Commission in preparation for the upcoming National General Election.
As the election fever hits the Solomon Islands, people and candidates alike have been urged to keep it peaceful.

Electoral Commission Warns Candidates

Chief Electoral Officer, Mr Polycarp Haununu, has issued a warning to candidates to respect electoral laws and keep their campaigns peaceful and fair in the week leading up to the National General Election.

Election Date Will Not Change: Electoral Commission

The Electoral Commission has assured the people of Temotu Vatud that their polling day will be the same as the rest of the country - Wednesday 4 August.

PM Wins Defamation Case against Island Sun

Prime Minister Derek Sikua has won a defamation case he lodged against the Island Sun Newspaper at the High Court.

International Observers To Provide Neutral Observation

There will be up to 70 international observers in Solomon Islands for the August 4 elections.

Police Plan to Ban Sale of Alcohol on Election Day

Police say they are planning to ban the sale of alcohol in the country during the National General Elections on August 4.
Bags of rice are being shipped in the thousands to villages around the country, with candidates preparing for a sudden influx of supporters.

Rice Shortage As Election Looms

There is rice shortage in Honiara, along with most of the other main provincial centres in the Solomon Islands, as the election looms.
The total number of candidates contending in this National General Election on Wednesday 4 August is 509, up from 453 for the 2006 election.

Electoral Commission Admits Error

The Electoral Commission has been alerted to an error in the list of the record 508 candidates.

Wale Urges Solomon Islanders to Confront Land Issue

The Solomon Islands Democratic Party spokesman, Mathew Wale, has urged Solomon Islanders to "bravely confront the issue of Land reform in the country to move the nation forward."
The 508 candidates will be vying for the 50 seats in the country's National Parliament, with a good majority being former Members of Parliament themselves.

508 Candidates to Contest National Elections

The Solomon Islands Electoral Commission has confirmed that a record 508 candidates will contest the upcoming National General Elections on 4th August 2010.
The setting aside of the stay order means Moti, 44, will now have to stand trial in the Supreme Court in Brisbane on seven counts of engaging in sexual intercourse with a person aged under 16.

Charges against Moti Reinstated

Child sex charges have been reinstated against former Solomon Islands attorney-general Julian Moti following a ruling by Queensland's Court of Appeal.
Vanuatu's Prime Minister and current Chair of the MSG, Edward Natapei.

MSG Leaders will Sort out Rift: Haomae

The caretaker Foreign Minister in Solomon Islands, William Haomae, is confident the leaders of the Melanesian Spearhead Group will be able to resolve the rift with Fiji at a planned special summit meeting.

Choose Wisely Says Malaita Premier

Malaita Premier Richard Irosaea has urged people of the province to "think carefully before choosing their leaders in the coming August 4th general elections."

Election Observers Invited to Submit Applications

The Electoral Commission is inviting local and international organizations to participate in the upcoming National General Election as election observers.
The Prime Minister's Secretary adds that the government's position is to maintain an "open door policy to Fiji."

PM Sikua Heads to Friends of Fiji Meeting

Prime Minister Dr Derek Sikua is leaving Honiara this weekend for Fiji to attend the highly criticized 'Engaging Fiji' meeting of Commodore Frank Bainimarama.
Mr Hou, who resigned his lucrative job with the World Bank in Washington DC, returned to the country to attempt a political career.

Hou Takes on 14 Candidates

Former Central Bank Governor turned politician Rick Hou is taking on 14 other candidates in the race for the Small Malaita parliamentary seat in the 2010 national general elections.

340 Candidates for 31 Constituencies

A total of 340 candidates have been confirmed to contest 31 constituencies, according to figures released by the Electoral Commission since the close of withdrawal of nomination by candidates.
The advice also stated that "visitors should monitor local information sources for updates."

Australia Updates Travel Warning Ahead of SI Election

Australia has updated its travel warning for visitors to Solomon Islands in the lead-up to the 04 August 2010 poll.
Mr Haomae said any proposal to set up a processing centre in Solomon Islands would be viewed with caution.

Cautious Approach to Asylum Issue: Haomae

Solomon Islands Foreign Affairs Minister, William Haomae, says the issues surrounding the opening of a processing centre for asylum seekers in the country are quite complex.

Reform Democratic Party Plans Development Agencies

The Solomon Islands Reform Democratic Party has announced that it proposes to set up rural development agencies which will govern each constituency in the handling of rural development funds.
The Minister acknowledges that all it takes is "foolish behaviour by a few to ruin the overall image of the country."

Police Minister Appeals for Calm Ahead of Elections

The Minister of Police and National Security, James Tora, has appealed to Solomon Islanders to "support electoral officials and the Police in the various activities prior to and including the time of the national general election."

UN Observers Coordination Team Gear Up for Elections

The United Nations, UN, will facilitate the coordination of international election observers during the 2010 National Parliament Election in Solomon Islands.
Julia Gillard yesterday confirmed to The Age Newspaper that she is now limiting her option to those countries that have signed up to the refugee convention.

Is Solomon Islands an Option for Gillard?

Australia's Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, is under increasing pressure to find a country within the region that would be willing to host a regional processing centre for asylum seekers.

Low Key Event for Independence Day Celebrations

It was a low key event as Solomon Islanders celebrated its 32nd Independence Anniversary at the Lawson Tama Stadium.
Candidates have had two weeks to complete nomination forms and submit them together with a $2,000 nomination fee to the Returning Officer in the area they wish to stand.

Nominations Close Today

The Electoral Commission is advising intending candidates to submit their nominations by 4.30pm today or miss out on standing in the upcoming National General Election.
Chief Electoral Officer, Mr Polycarp Haununu, said that the date has changed by one day because the original date, 7 July, is Independence day, a public holiday.

Candidates Nomination Period Extended

The Electoral Commission is advising intending candidates for the upcoming National General Election that the close of nominations is now Thursday 8 July.

Electoral Commission Begins Awareness Workshop

The Electoral Commission has kicked off its provincial grassroots awareness program to increase voter awareness ahead of the upcoming National General Election starting in Auki, Malaita Province the national games.