The Political Parties Integrity Act (PPIA) that was tested during the National General Election last year is on a process to be reviewed.
This was pointed out by the Registrar of the Political Parties Integrity Commission, Calvin Ziru during a joint press conference with the local media on Wednesday.
He added that the PPIA have several components that need to be reviewed.
“With the Political Parties Integrity Act we have several components that need to be reviewed.
“One of the major ones is the provisions that relate to women in political parties and therefore women in parliament,” he said.
He was also speaking ahead of the regional conference for women that will take place in the capital next week.
He said that the conference that will take place next week will be the first to be conducted as part of the review that the Political Parties Commission will be conducting.
“Out of the whole review that the Political Parties Commission will be conducted, this conference is the first.
“It is intended to examine and explore the current status we have in the Solomon Islands given all our laws, given the Constitution, given the electoral laws, given even the Political Parties Integrity Act to examine the pattern or the trend within which women have been involved or in participating in politics and the lack there of,” he added.
He added that the purpose of the conference is also to help them to come up with set of recommendations to be presented to the government.
“The purpose is to come up with a set of recommendations over and above the report.
“Recommendations that the Political Parties Commission will be able to take to the government and say, it concerns women and their role in parliament and in politics.
“These are the things that we understand need to be changed and need to be reviewed if we are to enhance not only just governance but more specifically the capacity and the number of women that engaged in parliament and in politics,” the Registrar said.
According to Mr Ziru, several ongoing conferences are taking place right now as part of the government’s reform program in examining and exploring how to improve the system that the country currently have both in the election system and the political party system and also institutions that govern anticorruption in the Solomon Islands.
By RONALD TOITO’ONA