US medical visit Marovo communities

PEOPLE of Central Marovo, Western Province on Monday got a whole of day free medical treatment from a visiting United States (US) medical team. The team was stationed at Telina island, and this had allowed most people living in and around the place to get medical attention. With the recent election, Marovo is still being…

Lilo:I lose cleanly

Outgoing prime minister Gordon Darcy Lilo says he accepted his shocking election defeat. Lilo, a heavy weight in the Gizo/Kolombangara contest, was unseated in a dramatic election upset that took the nation by surprise. “This is an election, it’s anyone’s game. I’ve accepted the outcome and would like to congratulate Jimson Fiau Tanangada on his…

Manele unseats Riumana in tough election contest

Voters of Hograno/Kia/Havulei constituency in Isabel Province have said “enough is enough” to their outgoing member Selwyn Riumana, as they voted in a new and promising leader in his stead. Former permanent secretary of the Ministry of Development Planning and Aid Coordination Jeremiah Manele is the new MP for the constituency. A highly respected diplomat…

Fiulaua win irks electors

Jackson Fiulaua fought hard to secure his Central Kwara’ae seat in Malaita despite strong competition from his 16 opponents who contested the seat. The victory, announced in provincial capital Auki on Saturday, earned the businessman his second term in parliament. Fiulaua polled 1,558 ahead of his runner up Ben Bau who received 1,018 ballot –…

Wale secures seat

Mathew Cooper Wale has secured the Aoke-Langalanga seat for his third term, polling 2,760 votes in a dramatic election victory declared at provincial capital Auki, on Saturday. Returning Officer Charles Kaula announced the results after three days of counting. His runner up is David Faradatolo, who polled 1,966 votes – bringing the winning margin to…

Maelanga scores another landslide

Manasseh Maelanga scored another landslide victory in similar fashion he did in his 2008 and 2010 elections to retain the East Malaita seat. Contesting as an independent, he polled 2,992 well ahead of his runner up Jimson Iakwai who polled just 896, to win by a margin of 2,096 ballots. Other candidates are: Rex Alafa,…

Man of the moment

Tanangada: This is not about me, but the people News of outgoing prime minister Gordon Darcy Lilo’s dramatic election defeat on Thursday night spread like wild fire. Minutes after the election loss was announced at provincial capital Gizo, social media contributors and commentators went on a feast. The man behind this big news was secondary…

Observers hail new voter registration system here

The Biometric Voter Registration process has raised confidence in the integrity of the electoral roll, according to the Commonwealth Observers team. This was one of the points noted in the team’s interim report, released last Saturday. The Commonwealth Observer team was led by respected statesman and former Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea Sir Mekere…

Pallaras: Corruption everywhere

An outgoing Solomon Islands high court judge says an Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) is required in the country more than any other “on the planet”. Justice Stephen Pallaras, a former director of public prosecutions in South Australia and an executive member of an international association against corruption, has served a three-year contract with the…