Election float parade hits city

WITH just over a day before the country goes to poll this Wednesday, election related float parade along the streets of Honiara is now evident. Over the weekend, a good number of candidates and their supporters have hit the roads through convoy of truckloads of voters and supporters. According to the recently passed election regulation,…

KEMAKEZA HITS BACK

Says decision politically motivated By AATAI JOHN LAUNGI FORMER Member of Parliament (MP) for Ngella Constituency claims his disqualification from contesting the Savo/Russell seat in Wednesday’s National General Election (NGE) was politically motivated. Electoral Commission has disqualified Mr Mark Kemakeza saying he falsely nominating himself as a member of the Solomon Islands Democratic Party (SIDP)…

New election apps released

THE Solomon Islands Electoral Office has introduced two new apps called the interactive mobile phone SMS text platform, and a webpage called ‘Polling Station Locator’ to ensure voters know where to go to cast their ballots next Wednesday. Chief Electoral Officer CEO Mose Saitala said: “These additional election services from SIEC launched today will make…

Market to close on election day

THE Honiara Central Market will be closed during the polling day and counting days. Police Commissioner Matthew Varley also announced on Thursday at his weekly media conference that there will be a national ban on alcohol sales declared on April 3 and also on counting days. Varley said at the moment they are looking at…

HEALTH WORRY

NRH scale down services as workers head home to vote By ANDREW FANASIA SERVICES at the National Referral Hospital (NRH) in Honiara have been scaled down starting last Thursday to allow doctors, nurses, and other medical workers to travel and vote in their home constituencies. That’s according to hospital chief executive officer Dr Steve Aumanu…

LIQUOR BAN APPEAL

THE Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) strongly appeals to all liquor license holders throughout the country to observe the liquor ban declared from 2 – 6 April 2019 to coincide with the National General Election next week. The Liquor Ban Order has been issued by the Caretaker Minister of Home Affairs, Ishmael Avui under…

MURRAY JAILED

*Former PS gets 4 years verdict*Ineligible to contest NGE By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN THE former permanent secretary for the Ministry of Infrastructure Development (MID), who corruptly received more than $700,000 from the government has been sentenced to four years imprisonment, Friday. This means that Henry Murray, 52, who is also a candidate contesting the East Makira…

GOV’T CLOSES OFFICE

Malaysia mission shutting down By ANDREW FANASIA THE Government is closing down the country’s High Commission in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, just five years after it opened the mission in 2013. The decision comes as High Commissioner Victor Ngele’s contract comes to an end. “…yes, the office is closing down,” one senior official from the Ministry…

Gizo police undergo training to prepare for NGE

THE Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) officers in Gizo have conducted a training on Wednesday as part of the preparation for the coming National General Election (NGE) to maintain peace and order as the poling day gets closer. Gizo Provincial Police Commander (PPC) Mathias Lenialu stated that their officers are well prepared and confident…

Malaita plans 1 week liquor ban

MALAITA intends to impose a liquor ban three days before polling day and four days after. Acting premier Joe Heroau mentioned this during discussions on the issue, Wednesday. The nation goes to the polls on April 3, which has been declared a public holiday. The ban, Heroau said, may start on April 1 and continue…