Politics Archive November 2014

A Forestry expert has warned that Solomon Islands forest will inevitably become a “sunset industry” facing almost a complete depletion of forest resources from 2015 up to the late 2020’s.

Solomon Islands Forests Face Complete Depletion by 2020

A Forestry expert has warned that Solomon Islands forest will inevitably become a “sunset industry” facing almost a complete depletion of forest resources from 2015 up to the late 2020’s.

Australian High Commissioner Congratulates Solomon Islands on a Successful Election

Australian High Commissioner to Solomon Islands, Andrew Byrne, has congratulated the people of Solomon Islands on a successful national election.

36 Former MPs Retain Seat

Thirty six former MPs have retained their seat in Parliament.
One Female MP Elected

One Female MP Elected

While the result is still unofficial, the Solomon Islands will most certainly have one female MP sitting in the 10th Parliament – she is Freda Soriacomua for Temotu VATUD.

2014 Election Results Update

The following are results that have been announced by returning officers of various constituencies.
He was elected to the National Parliament of the Solomon Islands in 2001. He has held senior portfolios throughout his political career, including as Minister of Finance and Treasury.

Lilo Defeated in Major Upset

Outgoing Prime Minister and MP for Gizo Kolombangara, Gordon Darcy Lilo, has lost his seat to Jimson Tanangada, a teacher by profession.
Last week, some 75 children and their teacher’s received two toilets, with an additional four for their community.

World Vision Builds Toilets for Ghavaga Kindergarten

For the children of Ghavaga Kindergarten in Guadalcanal Plains, having new sanitation facilities is a first step towards a healthy physical learning environment benefiting a child’s learning and health.
“Simplicity and authenticity at its best.”

Solomon Islanders - the “happiest bunch of people around”

Solomon Islanders - the “happiest bunch of people around”
Solomon Islanders Await Election Results

Solomon Islanders Await Election Results

Solomon Islanders wait anxiously as counting starts today.

Seeing is believing, says Weary Voter

Meet Jill, a mother of 3 with a grandchild on the way. She has participated in four elections, each time she is disappointed, each time she gets tired of all the promises and no delivery.

Voters Want Better Services

Voters want change, better schools, better clinics, better roads and more investment in infrastructure.
Solomon Islands Chief Electoral Officer, Polycarp Haununu said in a prepared statement that he is very confident the election will run smoothly.

Solomon Islands Goes to the Polls

Today is Election Day, and polls are open across the Solomon Islands starting at 7am and closing at 5pm.

SIEC Welcomes Local Observer Team

The Solomon Islands Electoral Commission has welcomed a team of domestic election observers led by local NGO umbrella group, Development Services Exchange.
“Our team has worked tirelessly to make sure that the National General Election runs smoothly,” Acting Chair of the Solomon Islands Electoral Commission, Mrs Emily Teitala said.

SIEC Ready for the National General Election

The Solomon Islands Electoral Commission has completed all preparations for tomorrow’s National General Election.
“The Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) is internationally renowned as a highly successful stabilisation mission. It has helped to maintain law and order and build key institutions of state over the past decade.”

Australian MPs to Observe National Elections

Australia’s Foreign Minister, Hon Julie Bishop, today announced that three members of the Australian Parliament will travel to Solomon Islands to observe its national elections on 19 November 2014.

Calls to Monitor Campaigns

Voters are calling on the police to monitor certain candidates and their supporters.
The ruling means that unregistered political parties will not be able to contest as a party in this week’s elections.

High Court Upholds Integrity Bill

The Solomon Islands High Court has upheld the integrity Bill following a challenge by outgoing MP for Auki/Langa Langa, Mathew Wale.

Telekom to Boost Broadband Services

Solomon Telekom will be boosting its Mobile and fixed-line broadband capacity in the Solomon Islands with the deployment of NEC Australia’s radio technology.
Perhaps a key test for our young democracy (if one considers 36 years young) is the transfer of power – from one government to another – the process needs to be credible.

Towards Free and Fair Elections

As the Commonwealth Observer team organizes itself for the upcoming elections, it is perhaps an ideal time to assess what it is that they will be looking for.
He says it is unfortunate that such leaders use the business community to score cheap political points.

Businessman Blasts Campaign Tactics

A Honiara businessman, who wrote to Solomon Times on the condition of anonymity, says he is surprised and somewhat concerned at some of the tactics used by certain candidates in Honiara.
He says that the new biometric system is in fact a huge step forward for the country’s electoral system, one that would ensure that the elections are transparent.

3,000 Voters Left Out

More than 3,000 voters returning from studies at the end of the year will not be able to vote at the upcoming National and Provincial Elections.
447 Vie for Political Office

447 Vie for Political Office

447 candidates have been confirmed for the upcoming National General Elections set for the 19th of November.
In certain countries such temporary prohibitions range from anywhere between 84 hours to 24 hours before and after elections.

Calls to Ban Alcohol during Elections

Voters in central Honiara are calling on the government to consider placing a ban on alcohol during Election Day.
Claims of Intimidation by Voters

Claims of Intimidation by Voters

Voters in Honiara have claimed that they are being intimidated by supporters of certain candidates.