Maneniaru secures seat

Voters of West Are’are, Malaita, have given their former member John Maneniaru his second term in parliament. He polled 2,455 votes to win the seat.  Dr Alice Aruheeta Pollard came second with 800 votes. Six candidates contested the constituency. LUCIO SANGAin Auki

$10m of AusAID funds stolen

Fraudsters in suspected collusion with Solomon Islands government officials have embezzled an estimated $10 million in Australian foreign aid funds destined for hospitals and clinics, some through a fake company called Joke Shipping Services. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has tried to hush up the theft of AusAID funds, which occurred over the…

Only female MP

A woman has been declared the new member of parliament (MP) for Vatud Constituency after counting concluded last night. She is the only woman MP in the 10th Parliament after most of the women candidates lost their seats. Freda Soriacomua ousted two term MP for the constituency Clay Forau Soalaoi. Reports from Lata said after…

Gizo/Kolombangara voters call for recount

SUPPORTERS of unsuccessful candidates for the Gizo/Kolombangara Constituency are calling for a recount of ballot boxes, alleging proper procedures and processes were not followed. This was only hours after newly elected MP for Gizo/Kolombangara, Jimson Fiau Tanangada was declared winner, polling more than 2000 votes and unseating former prime minister, Gordon Darcy Lilo with a…

Many shocked by Lilo’s election loss

MANY are still to come to terms with Thursday night’s election result upset which saw former caretaker Prime Minister, Gordon Darcy Lilo unseated by newcomer, Jimson Fiau Tanangada to become the new Member of Parliament for Gizo/Kolombangara Constituency. Mr Tanangada won with more than 2000 votes, having a total margin of more than 200 ballots…

Gov’t told to prioritise education

A MALAITAN youth has pleaded to the incoming government to put education as its number one priority. Philip Subu said this is important for the future of the country. He said the government needs to look into this to address the growing youth population especially the unemployed youths. “Solomon Islands is in a state called…

74 voters missed out

UP to 74 voters failed to turn up to cast their ballots at Nafinua polling station in East Malaita Constituency on polling day. Presiding officer for the constituency Michael Matangani it’s not clear why the voters did not show up. He said the number was quite big, which can make a difference to the outcome…

Sofu wins by landslide

STANLEY Sofu continues to maintain his grip on the East Kwaio seat in Malaita – winning by a landslide to claim his third term in parliament. Contesting as an independent, Mr Sofu polled 2,748, well ahead of his runner up Alfred Sasako, who polled just 988. The other candidates are Diki Kolosu with 501 votes,…