Varley conducts brief visit to West

Police Commissioner Mathew Varley successfully conducted a half day visit to the Western Province on Tuesday. He visited three centres starting at the provincial capital, Gizo then onto Ringi and Seghe. The short visit was to discuss issues related to next week’s election, its preparation,  the safety and security of the people in Western province…

PM’s OFFICE LEAKING

Staff told to work from home By ANDREW FANASIA STAFF in the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet have been told to work from home while urgent renovation is being done at the office. That’s according to officials working there. The rotting office has been leaking since last year. A short video of the…

Suspects in sea robbery on bail

Four of the men accused of robbing two Chinese businessmen at sea between Guadalcanal and Gela early this year have been released on bail. Henry Zimbo, 44, was released last week while Cecil Domo, 24, David Rugitona, 30 and John Kara were released on Monday. They were released on a cash bail of $500 attached…

No mobile phones at polling stations

USE of mobile phones inside polling stations on election day next will not be permitted. Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Mose Saitala revealed this, Monday. He said it’s important for all eligible voters to know that cell phones will not be permitted in polling station. “Votes must remain secret therefore it is important that voters leave…

Archbishop Takeli retires, farewelled

The sixth Archbishop of the Anglican Church Melanesia and the Bishop of the Diocese of Central Melanesia (DOCM), the Most Reverend George Angus Takeli is retiring from official Church duty. He was officially farewelled last Sunday in a moving Liturgical service at Saint Barnabas Provincial Cathedral in Honiara. Towards the end of the of the…

SIEC on MOI, Temotu Vatud passengers

THE Solomon Islands Electoral Commission (SIEC) will not allow passengers from Malaita Outer Island (MOI) and Temotu Vatud to travel in any ships chartered by the electoral office to these two places before the polling day. SIEC Chief Electoral Officer Mose Saitala made this statement during the press conference, Monday in Honiara. “While it is…

Kemakeza disqualified, Kivolyn reinstated

ELECTION CHANGES By ANDREW FANASIA A FORMER member of parliament has lost his candidacy to contest the upcoming elections – just a week before the April 3 polls. The Electoral Commission office disqualified Mark Kemakeza from contesting the Savo-Russell seat after he was found in breach of electoral rules. But at the same time, the…

Pre-polling held successfully

A FIRST ever pre-polling was successfully carried out on Thursday in Honiara and throughout all provincial capitals. Election Manager for Honiara Jude Devesi told this paper, Thursday that the pre-polling was good except few issues encountered that he will have to take it up to the electoral boss. “All is good except for a few…

SICCI hosts AGM, elects new Board

THE Solomon Islands Chamber Commerce and Industry (SICCI) now has a new Board that will lead its mandate for the next twelve (12) months. The new Board for 2019-2020 was elected during the 42nd Annual General Meeting (AGM) of SICCI on Wednesday 20th Mach 2019 at the Heritage Park Hotel in Honiara. The new Board…

New medical complex for Renbel unveiled

People of Rennell and Bellona Province (Renbel) will now be able to access and enjoy a much more improved health and medical services in their province. This followed the formal opening and handing over of the first ever Area Health Center (AHC) at Tingoa on Rennell on Tuesday. The facility was funded by the Solomon…