Politics Archive September 2010

Opposition Cautions Government on RAMSI Exit

A leading Solomon Islands opposition politician, Mathew Wale, says winding up the Regional Assistance Mission within six years is possible, but it would be pushing the limit.
"The call for the removal Commissioner Peter Marshall is outrageous and unsubstantiated," Inspector Balaga said

Call for Removal of Police Commissioner Unjustified

The President of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force's Senior and Subordinate Officers' Association (SPOA), Inspector Jack Balaga stated that the allegations and call for the removal of Police Commissioner Peter Marshall by the Solomon Islands Public Employees Union (SIPEU) are despicable and unfounded.
Concerns were raised over deliberate inflation of the voter register by multiple registration.

Elections Conducted Satisfactorily: Commonwealth

An Observer Group from the Commonwealth, which observed the Solomon Islands National Parliamentary Elections of 4 August 2010, has produced its final report detailing the generally sound orchestration of the nation's elections, but raising a few key issues on which the country needs to improve upon.
Prime Minister, Danny Philip, concedes his coalition government suffers an international image problem.

RAMSI Takes Steps for Solomon's Exit

The Prime Minister says it should be free of intervention, writes Daniel Flitton of the Sydney Morning Herald in Honiara.
Mr. Philip said that resource owners, who own well over 80% of the country's resources, must be included in the development process.

Philip Says Constitutional Reform is a Priority

Prime Minister, Danny Philip, reiterated his governments desire to change the current unitary system of government.

Concerns over Backlog of Cases

A former public solicitor in Solomon Islands says legal procedures for handling ethnic tensions cases must be improved.
The petition also challenges the Electoral Commission particularly on the election process in these constituencies.

Nine Petitions Lodged

Nine election petitions have been lodged at the High Court so far.

Minister for Fisheries to Face Charges Soon

The Solomon Islands Member of Parliament for North Malaita and Fisheries Minister, Jimmy Lusibaea, will appear before the High Court later this year for offences he allegedly committed in 2002.

Ex-wife Suspicious of Mr Meiners Alleged Suicide

The family of an Australian citizen found hanged in his Solomon Islands villa are demanding that Australian authorities investigate the death, which local police say was a suicide.
The two petitions bring the total number of election petitions lodged at the High Court to three, with some more to be lodged before the deadline of September 15.

Two More MPs Face Petition

Another two election petitions have been lodged at the High Court - bringing the total number of election petitions to three.

Government Names New AG

Private lawyer Billy Titiulu is Solomon Islands new Attorney General.

Government Makes Three More Political Appointments

The government has made another three political appointments.

Public Cannot Access Declarations of Interest by MPs: Speaker

Direct interests declared by members of Parliament are not for public viewing and are not public information.
Sir Allan won the election by 27 votes, surpassing the 25 votes required to win the Speakers seat.

Sir Allan Wins Speaker's Election

Sir Allan Kemakeza has been elected Speaker of the National Parliament.
Unconfirmed reports say that former Temotu-Nende MP, Patteson Oti withdrew from the Speakers election late yesterday.

Speaker's Election Underway

Solomon Islands will have a new Speaker of Parliament today.

Oti Likely Candidate for Speaker

The former Member of Parliament for Temotu Nende John Patteson Oti is a likely candidate for the Speaker of Parliament's election on Wednesday.
Mr Hatimoana told SIBC News he has a "very strong case against the MP Elect-Mark Kemakeza."

Petition Looms for MPs

First runner up in the Ngella constituency, Johnly Hatimoana, will launch the petition.

MPs Must Avoid Conflicts of Interest: TSI

Transparency Solomon Islands (TSI) supports the call by the Chairperson of the Leadership Code Commission (LCC), Emmanuel Kouhota, that leaders, particularly Members of Parliament, must avoid putting themselves in situations that give rise to conflicts of interest.
"I will give it to the Director of the Public Prosecutions for his independent scrutiny. We don't need an overseas independent study for this particular matter," said the Police Commissioner.

No Need for Independent Investigations: Marshall

The head of police, Peter Marshall, says there is no need for another independent investigation into a recent shooting death of a former police officer at Titinge in Honiara.

Opposition Group Appoints Shadow Ministers

The Parliamentary Opposition says it has an impressive line-up of Shadow Ministers to take on the watch-dog role of the government.

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