ONE of the Solomon Islands academics say the Solomon Islands need to patch loopholes in the Political Party Integrity Act to ensure stability in governance.
Dr Gordon Nanau who is a lecturer at the University of South Pacific (USP) Fiji, said loopholes still allow for movements of MPs to occur.
“It is important for candidates who contest in the national general election to align to political parties rather than standing independent,” Dr Nanau said.
He said it has been practice that political instability has been used by many MPs to serve their own interests.
“The Political Party Integrity (PPI) Act does not help to solve the problem of grass hopping and this is obvious, when we witnessed in our recent election that majority of Members of Parliament (MPs) that passed this law stood as independent candidates.
“Thus, formation of government always comes from the majority group that runs as independent, who colludes to form the government under one party.”
He said there is need to improve the PPI Act to ensure this issue is addressed.
Dr Gordon Nanau is one of the PhD holders from Solomon Islands, who graduated from one of the academic institution in the United Kingdom.
By AATAI JOHN