FORTY five (45) candidates will be contesting the national general election under the United Democratic Party (UDP) for social reform and economic advancement.
Party president Sir Thomas Ko Chan made the announced during the party’s official launch of its manifesto and party logo over the weekend.
Sir Chan said the party have 45 candidates who will be contesting in 45 constituencies in the upcoming general elections.
He said the country would be better off if people believe in the principles and vision of UDP.
“The party comprised of a group of determined, pragmatic and visionary individuals urging self to rise up to the challenges the country face.”
He said UDP has a definite political statement on fundamental social reforms as the only way forward for the people of Solomon Islands to progress economically whilst at the same achieve sustainable national unity and cohesion.
He pointed that the party’s vision is clear.
“That is to have in place fundamental and sectoral reforms.”
UDP’s fundamental reforms are aimed at redefining the Solomon islands society to be more inclusive by liberalising its customary land tenure system, realising the application of the various cultural and traditional values.
“The party’s sectoral reforms are aimed at harnessing and growing the Solomon Islands economy by utilising its natural resources through crating a liberal and attractive investment environment in the country.”
Sir Chan that is to produce the efficient delivery of goods and service to the people of this country.
UDP said its reason for reform is because it is the essence of real development.
The party states that reform programs are seen as the vehicle for economic development.
The party also aimed to return this country to the people of Solomon Islands through reform mechanisms which will be implemented by the government.
Meanwhile Sir Chan said this country belongs to all Solomon islanders and it is through them that a government they want can be formed to fulfil their dreams and aspirations.
By DANIEL NAMOSUAIA