THE Government’s controversial proposal to extend Parliament by another year is believed to have dominated Caucus discussions on Tuesday, sources told Solomon Star.
“It’s perhaps the only item on the agenda,” one source said.
There was no immediate confirmation last night on whether Members of Caucus supported the move.
“It would be a surprise if anyone opposed the move because they are all afraid to face the people in the election next year. That really is the truth about pushing the extension of Parliament by a year.
“With the government’s number, they can get it through easily,” one source said.
Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare who is pushing the proposal said the timing is too close to the Pacific Games which Solomon Islands is hosting in November next year.
The Opposition is against extending Parliament saying there should be wider consultation with the people. One option which it supports is the dissolution of Parliament this year so that the new government is elected before the Games.
There is also wide opposition on social media discussion. Many believe there is no justification to extend the life of this House by a year.
By Alfred Sasako