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The Ninth Solomon Islands Parliament has been dissolved Tuesday in preparation for the upcoming election later this year.
Prior to its dissolution members were contributing on the sine die motion moved by caretaker Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo.
Speaker of the Ninth Parliament Sir Allan Kemakeza hosted a farewell dinner in Honiara for all members of parliament along with their spouses, parliament staff and other invited guests, during which he encouraged the MPs to have a go at the upcoming general elections.
“I would like to remind others that what the Member of Parliament for Northwest New Georgia, Rendova Tetepare and also the Member of Parliament for East Choiseul said in Parliament during the sine die motion is most important for all of us, that is go and have a try, especially the 50 members who will return to their respective constituencies for this election.”
Meanwhile, seasonal workers returning from New Zealand are disappointed with the Solomon Islands Electoral Commission, SIEC, for rejecting their request to register to vote after they returned from New Zealand.
Spokesperson for the group, Janet Leboa says they are not happy with the Electoral Commission, saying prior to their departure early this year they were told during an awareness program conducted by the Electoral Office – they are eligible to vote provided they pass their visa and passport details to the responsible authority.
“Upon our return we went straight to the Electoral office because prior to our departure we’ve heard from their awareness that a person has the right to register provided he or she has to produce his or her passport and visa. Over 40 of us went to see the Electoral Office after we return to the country, but only to be told that registration has closed, which is very disappointing.”
The Solomon Islands Electoral Commission strongly denies giving any awareness about such information to Solomon Islanders involved in the New Zealand Workers Scheme.
The SIEC says it did not give such advice since there is no provision for such cases stated in the law. It adds the Voter Registration Exercise is done within a specific period of time frame according to the law, saying no one is to register after the registration period is closed.
The statement further said, the registration period for this year’s national general election has closed.
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