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THE DEFERMENT OF NATIONAL GENERAL ELECTION -CONSTITUTION

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THE DEFERMENT OF NATIONAL GENERAL ELECTION -CONSTITUTION [AMENDMENT] BILL NO.3 OF 2022.

Transparency Solomon Islands notes that yesterday 31st of August 2022 was the last day for all written submission to the Parliamentary Bills and Legislation Committee on the proposed Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2022 (No.3 of 2022).  The DCGA led Executive Government through this Bill proposes to amend the Constitution using section 61(5)(b)(ii) and (iv) to suspend the operation of section 73(3) of the Constitution to 31st December 2023. This means that the current parliament or the 11th Parliament will not be dissolved till 31st December 2023 instead of when its four-year term is up counting from 15th May 2019 when the first meeting of the 11th Parliament was convened. Transparency Solomon Islands as do the respondents to the survey carried out in April this year is still unconvinced that SPG23, and lack of funding are the real reason for this move by the Executive Government.

Transparency Solomon Islands just like concerned citizens, organisations, and individuals of the democratic country of Solomon Islands urges the DCGA Executive Government to re-think this and shelve the Bill. TSI urges the Executive Government of Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Sogavare to put more efforts into finding the funds to run the National General Election and the Pacific Games 2023, than insulting the Constitution of the people of Solomon Islands. The Constitution belongs to the citizens and the democratic sovereign state of Solomon Islands and not the temporary Democratic Coalition Government for Advancement [DCGA] dominated by a political party [OUR] that did not contest the election. The South Pacific Games costs, and countries that have hosted it have been assisted by development partners like here in Solomon Islands our diplomatic partner China has stepped in to build the state-of-the-art games infrastructure that is going up now.  When we have asked China to step in, preparing the infrastructures, the Australian Government contributing $100 million towards Solomon Islands to host the games, the DCGA led Executive Government should swallow its pride and ask our development partners and diplomatic friends to help fund the election so that both the National General Election and the SPG23 can be held in year 2023.  Furthermore, the timing of the amendment of the Constitution a move, shortly before the election arouses more suspicion, polarises and is likely to fuel conflict. Delaying the running of the National General Election to middle of 2024 is unacceptable to the people of the democratic sovereign country of Solomon Islands.

The voters and citizens of Solomon Islands demand that the National General Election is run in 2023 and not a year longer to allow people through their ballot paper inform any incoming government about the importance of addressing the issues observed in 2014 and 2019 National General Elections. Issues that continue to affect the confidence of the people in our electoral processes and political system development. For whilst the public servants, government authorities and institution have done their work reviewing the Constitution, the Political Parties Integrity Act, the Electoral Act, the Freedom of Information Bill, and other related legislations since the 10th Parliament, the Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare led Executive Government in both the 10th and 11th Parliament whilst making it their fundamental policies and reforms have continued to refuse to bring those reforms before the parliament for no good reason.  Therefore, citizens see no other alternative but to hold the election 2023 so that they can vote in a party that contested the election, representatives that have a heart for Solomon Islands, its people, those residing and doing business in it, their resources and therefore their mandate. They prefer to see a representative that contested the election under a political party become the Prime Minister and not those who contest as independent candidates.  They want to see the strengthening of the legislation to ensure a representative who contests the election as an independent candidate does not end up being the Prime Minister.

Here we share with you again how we voted in the 2019 National General Election, the parties that contest the election, and where each Member of Parliament sits in terms of political party allegiance is to date to remind our current representatives that issues relating to this be dealt with in the next parliament.

Election completed 2019 here is how we voted them in 21 Independent Members and 29 MPs contesting as party candidate per Table 1 below:

 

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AS WE VOTED AND RETURNED THEM ON 3rd APRIL 2019 GENERAL ELECTION.
  Members of Parliament Name Constituency NOTES
No. of MPs STANDING AND VOTED IN AS INDEPENDENT CANDIDATES AND MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT.
1 Hon. Manasseh Sogavare East Choiseul  
2 Hon. Harry Kuma Northwest Choiseul  
3  Hon. Robertson Galokale South Choiseul Disqualified [election petition]
4 Hon. Nestor Ghiro Central Makira  
5 Hon. Dr. Kaitu Tautai Agikimua Rennell /Bellona  
6 Hon. Frederick Kologeto South Vella La Vella  
7 Hon. Titus Mokofi Fika West Kwaio Passed away
8 Hon. John Dean Kuku North New Georgia  
9 Hon. Duddley Kopu Temotu Pele  
10 Hon. Jaimie Vokia Northeast Guadalcanal Disqualified [election petition]
11 Hon. Peter Channel Aqovaka Central Guadalcanal  
12 Hon. Silas Kerry Vagara West New Georgia/ VonaVona  
13 Hon. Dickson Mua Savo/Russell  
14 Hon. Stanley Festus Sofu East Kwaio  
15 Hon. Jackson Fiulaua Central Kwara’ae  
16 Hon. Bradley Tovosia East Guadalcanal  
17 Hon. Augustine Auga Lau Mbaelelia  
18 Hon. Senley Levi Filualea North Malaita  
19 Hon. Charles Maefai East Makira Passed away
20 Hon. Namson Tran West Honiara  
21 Hon. Anthony Veke West Guadalcanal  
  STANDING AND VOTED IN AS KADERE POLITICAL PARTY CANDIDATE AND MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT.
1 Hon. William Marau Ulawa/Ugi  
2  Hon. Samuel Manetoali Gao Bugotu  
3 Hon.  Lanelle Olandrea Tanagada Gizo/Kolombangara  
4 Hon. Commins Aston Mewa Temotu Nende  
5 Hon. Freda Tuki Soriacomua Temotu Vatud  
6 Hon. Bartholomew Parapolo Ngella  
7 Hon. John Maneniaru West Are’Are  
8 Hon. Ismael Mali Avui East Central Guadalcanal  
  STANDING AND VOTED IN AS SOLOMON ISLANDS DEMOCRATIC PARTY [SIDP] CANDIDATTE AND MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT
1 Hon. Charles Sigoto Ranongga/Simbo  
2 Hon. Matthew Wale Aoke/ Langa Langa  
3 Hon. Derick Rawcliff Manuari West Makira  
4 Hon. Samson Maneka North Guadalcanal  
5 Hon. Martin Mokolo Kealoe Malaita Outer Islands  
6 Hon. Sam Shemuel Iduri West Kwara’ae  
7 Hon. Douglas Ete East Honiara  
8 Hon. Bodo Horst Heinz Dettke Northwest Guadalcanal  
  STANDING AND VOTED IN AS SOLOMON ISLANDS PARTY FOR RURAL ADVANCEMENT [SIPRA] CANDIDATE AND MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT.
1 Hon. Rollen Seleso South Guadalcanal  
  STANDING AND VOTED IN AS UNITED DEMOCRATIC PARTY [UDP] CANDIDATE AND MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT.
1 Hon. Clergy Rore North Vella La Vella  
2 Hon. Danny Philip South New Georgia, Rendova, Tetepari  
3 Hon. John Moffat Fugui Central Honiara [disqualified] Disqualified [election petition]
4 Hon. Makario Tagini Baegu/Asifola  
  STANDING AND VOTED IN AS DEMOCRATIC ALLIANCE PARTY [DAP] CANDIDATE AND MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT.
1 Hon. Dr. Culwick Togamana Maringe/Kokota  
2 Hon. Jeremiah Manele Hograno/Kia/Havulei  
3 Hon. Rick Nelson Houenipwela Small Malaita  
  STANDING AND VOTED IN AS PEOPLE’S ALLIANCE PARTY [PAP]CANDIDATES AND MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT
1 Hon. Dr. Christopher Laore Shortlands  
2 Hon. Manasseh Maelanga East Malaita  
  STANDING AND VOTED IN AS SOLOMON ISLANDS PEOPLE FIRST PARTY [SIPFP] CANDIDATE AND MEMBER OF PARLAIMENT.
1 Hon. Chacha Bule Amoi Marovo  
  STANDING AND VOTED IN AS MEMBERS OF THE SOLOMON ISLANDS UNITED PARTY [SIUP] CANDIDATE AND MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT.
1 Hon. Peter Kenilorea Junior West Are’Are  
2 Hon. Rexon Annex Ramofafia Fataleka  

As can be seen in this table, OUR Party did not contest the National General Election 2019.  Hon Manasseh Sogavare the Prime Minister stood as an Independent Member. The people want to address this at the election time as soon as possible, therefore are opposed to the proposed amendment to the Constitution.

After the National General Election OUR Party was registered, that changes everything but the biggest let down by these representatives of the people is that they have lied to the people as they change their allegiance and have portrayed a picture of not being accountable to the people of Solomon Islands. Table 2 shows how they have grasshopped and through that let down the citizens whose entrusted power got them into power. The people therefore are calling for the National General Election to be held 2023 for the way in which the Executive Government of Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare has govern or not governed has done nothing but has sought change in a favourable manner for its own benefits, the benefits of an outside foreign superpower to score points with another superpower.  Respect for democratic principles and rights and professional transparent, and impartial conduct are becoming more and more in short supply, trust in government is at its lowest so the National General Election can no longer be delayed the people say.

Table 2.  The numerical strength of Democratic Coalition Government for Advancement and the and the Political Parties in the coalition.

 

DEMOCRATIC COALITION GOVERNMENT FOR ADVANCEMENT [DCGA]
No. of MPs Political Party/ Political Party Membership Constituency Note
OUR PARTY
1 1.   Hon Manasseh Sogavare (Prime Minister) East Choiseul 2019 Independent
2 2.   Hon Bradley Tovosia East Guadalcanal 2019 Independent
3 3.   Hon. Jackson Fiulaua Central Kwara’ae 2019 Independent
4 4.   Hon. Anthony Veke West Guadalcanal 2019 Independent
5 5.   Hon. Dickson Mua Savo/ Russell 2019 Independent
6 6.   Hon. Dr. Tautai Agikimua Kaitu’u Rennell/Bellona 2019 Independent
7 7.   Hon. Peter Shanel Agovaka Central Guadalcanal 2019 Independent
8 8.   Hon. Augustine Auga Lau Mbaelelia 2019 Independent
9 9.   Hon. Senley Levi Filualea North Malaita 2019 Independent
10 10.  Hon. Manasseh Maelanga East Malaita  
11 11.. Hon.  Harry Kuma Northwest Choiseul 2019 Independent
12 12.  Hon. Namson Tran West Honiara 2019 Independent
13 13.  Hon. Christopher Laore Shortland Islands 2019 PAP
14 14.  Hon. Dudley Kopu Temotu Pele 2019 Independent
15 15.   Hon.  Rollen Seleso South Guadalcanal 2019 SIPRA
16 16.  Hon. Titus Fika        (late) West Kwaio 2019 Independent
17 17.  Hon. Makario Tagini Baegu Asifola 2019 UDP
18 18.  Hon.  Rexon Ramofafia Fataleka 2019 SIUP
19 19.  Hon. Ismael Avui East Central Guadalcanal 2019 KADERE
20 20.  Hon. Commins Mewa Temotu Nende 2019 KADERE
21 21.  Hon. Nestor Ghiro Central Makira 2019 Independent
22 22.  Hon. Bartholomew Parapolo Ngella 2019 KADERE
23 23.   Hon. William Douglas Marau Ulawa/Ugi 2019 KADERE
24 24.   Hon.  Samuel Manetoali Gao Bugotu 2019 KADERE
25 25.   Hon. Lanelle Olandrea Tanagada Gizo/Kolombangara 2019 KADERE
26 26.   Hon. Freda Tuki Soriacomua Temotu Vatud 2019 KADERE
27 27.   Hon. Dr. Culwick Togamana Maringe/Kokota 2019 DAP
28 28.   Hon.  Jeremiah Manele Hograno/Kia/Havulei 2019 DAP
29 29.  Hon. Stanley Sofu East Kwaio 2019 Independent
30 30.  Hon. Danny Philip South New Georgia, Rendova, Tetepari 2019 UDP
31 31.  Hon. Martin Mokolo Kealoe Malaita Outer Islands 2019 SIDP
32 32.  Hon. Silas Vagara West New Georgia 2019 Independent
33 33.  Hon. Samson Maneka North Guadalcanal 2019 SIDP
34 34.  Hon. Lency Ethel Northeast Guadalcanal Independent
35 35.  Hon Sammy Samuel Makoti Galo South Choiseul. Independent
36 36.  Hon Lilly Mafane Maefai   Independent
  SOLOMON ISLANDS PEOPLE FIRST PARTY    
37 1. Chacha Bule Amoi Marovo 2019 SIPFP
38 2. Frederick Kologeto South Vella La Vella 2019 Independent
39 3. Clezy Rore North Vella La Vella 2019 UDP

With this number, it is obvious that the DCGA have the two third it needs to pass this amendment but is it of no concern that OUR Party is holding the voters at ramson using the games as an excuse. There is no guarantee that come December 31st, 2022, they will not make another change again. They have the number to do so and anything they like. The power belongs to the people of Solomon Islands and not temporary governments and politicians that we vote in.  Have your say and make a submission to the Bills and Legislations Commission, join the advocacy against this selfish move through public petition organised by Civil Society, talkback show over SIBC and articles to Media to drive home to DCGA and the 50 Members of Parliament that amending the Constitution for a Games event is totally unacceptable and demeaning to the Supreme Law of Solomon Islands.  Doing that means the Pacific Games Charter is above the Constitution of Solomon Islands. Petition Pacific Games Council not to deny us the opportunity to host the games and our democratic right to go to the polls as provided for in the Constitution.  Just because DCGA has the numbers and the legal right to amend the Constitution, does not make it right.

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