Western Province has to wait until Monday to elect its new premier after today’s election failed to produced a winner.
Two candidates: Billy Veo and former deputy Honiara City Mayor Edward Ngava are contesting for the top post in the country’s third biggest province.
Speaker of Western Province Talasasa said after two rounds today none of the two was able to receive absolute majority.
Our source in Gizo says after the two rounds each candidate failed to notch the premier’s position after they failed to poll the absolutely majority requirement. Two were said to have abstained or did not vote. With 26 MPAs’ each candidate must poll more than half to win the race.
Speaker of Western Province Assembly Ramurakah Talasasa told a waiting crowd in Gizo around lunch hour that because of weekend they will return on Monday to continue with the election.
“Election will continue on Monday,” he said. Adding election was held today but no one had received absolute majority.