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Opposition supports suggestions to shorten life of parliament BUT opposes extension

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Voters during the last NGE, the Opposition supports suggestions to shorten life of Parliament than extending it.

The Opposition Group fully supports suggestion to shorten the life of Parliament than extending it for five years.

As the debate over the proposed extension of Parliament from four to five years intensifies, the leader of Opposition, Matthew Wale, told journalists this week that another option as had been proposed in the social media is to dissolve Parliament earlier.

“This is a very viable option.  The opposition would support it,” he said.

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“Of course we don’t have the numbers. If the Prime Minister were to say I dissolve the Parliament at end of this year and we go election and the new government comes in – there is enough time for both,” Wale said in reference to the NGE and the Pacific Games.

“It is much more preferable to have an early dissolution of parliament rather to amend the constitution and seek an extra year for the pacific games,” he said.

 However, Wale stressed that registration needs to happen now.

The MP for Aoke/Langalanga said for registration to happen it needs money in the budget.

On that note, he confirmed that the Opposition side had yet to see the budget as it still not been brought to Parliament by the government.

Budget no out in parliament.

The government has gone out in the media to defend its intensions to amend the constitution and extend the current house to five years.

It said this needs to happen as it can’t hold two major events in a year (NGE & PG) due to resources, finance and logistic challenges.

On the other hand, there is already massive opposition by the public and the Opposition Group on the proposed extension.

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