Malaita women advised to vote wisely

WOMEN throughout Malaita Province should vote for candidates who have a heart and vision for change. That’s according to outspoken Women’s Development Division volunteer, Ruth Mae. As the nation prepares to go to the polls on November 19, Ms Mae urged Malaitan female voters to look at qualities of intending candidates before casting their votes.…

No reports of campaign disturbances reach police

POLICE yet to receive any formal disturbance report related to election campaign both in Honiara and the provinces. Commissioner of Police, Frank Prendergast clarified this amidst unconfirmed reports circulating of several incidents, which have already occurred this week whereby some candidates were chased, stoned, verbally abused by supporters of others. The most recent being on…

Police concern about high drug use in Temotu

LATA police in Temotu say they are closely keeping an eye on reports of increasing use of alcohol and other drugs by youths. Acting Provincial Police Commander (PPC), Reginald Kava said community leaders are coming forward with reports of the rise of drug use within their communities. “We’ve received increasing reports of youths using marijuana…

Measles cases drop in Malaita

CASES of measles in Malaita are reportedly going down. Kilu’ufi Hospital infection control department nurse in charge, Nixom Olofisau revealed this.  “In previous months, we’ve been recording 70-80 cases each week, but now it dropped to 30-40 cases,” Mr Olofisau said. “So cases are going down but no eliminated,” he said. Meanwhile, he urged those…

Beche-de-mer accused discharged

A MAGISTRATE last Friday discharged a man accused of leading a group that removed 59 bags of beche-de-mer at the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources last October. Reginald Aipia was discharged after principal magistrate Jim Seuka dismissed the case on the basis it was instituted more than six months after the crime was allegedly…

447 set to contest

THE list of candidates to contest the November 19 elections has been finalised. Electoral Commission said yesterday a total of 447 candidates have been nominated to contest. The figure was revised from the 443 announced at the close of the withdrawal period last Saturday. The final list will be published in the papers in coming…