National Transformation Party of Solomon Islands (NTPSI) becomes the first political party to sign the Election Integrity Pledge.
About 13 members of the NTPSI who will be contesting this year’s election have signed the integrity pledge during the launching of their manifesto at the Art Gallery on Sunday afternoon.
The Election Integrity Pledge is part of the overall effort undertaken by Transparency Solomon Islands (TSI) to counter the abuse of entrusted political power and the undue influence of money and private interests in politics.
“The Integrity Pledge is a commitment that candidates must make to uphold and promote the principles of transparency and accountability before, during and after election,” TSI Executive Officer Daniel Fenua said.
“This is a voluntary act that requires self-regulatory.”
“It is indeed interesting to hear that the NTPSI has put in its manifesto, fighting corruption as a key priority.
“Now that the NTPSI has signed the pledge we expect them not to buy votes or accepting bribes in their campaign.
“We expect them to refrain from corrupt activities during their campaign and even if they come to power.”
Members of the public together with TSI have an important role to act as eyes and ears to monitor elected representatives who had the signed the pledge toadhere to the standards set out in the pledge.
Citizens must be active and vigilant if they want to help stop corruption and improve political integrity.
“The whole purpose is to create a good relationship with the new government, a meaningful dialogue, and a government of integrity,” Mr. Fenua added.
TSI is looking forward for other Political Parties to sign the pledge as well as those who intend to run as independent candidates
TSI will continue to advocate for good governance and political integrity.
TSI would like to thank UNDP for supporting the clean election campaign
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