Reforms in the electoral system and our constitution was recently highlighted during the People’s Forum held last week in Honiara.
Organised by the Forum Solomon Islands International (FSII) the forum provided opportunity for the wise and educated citizens of this country to point out problems that captivate their endless fight against corruption.
Participants attending the forum stressed the country’s electoral system failed to address the majority rule, which resulted in elected leaders into parliament represents only the minority in the society, in this case their decision making does not represents the majority population.
Thus, there is a great need to address this in order to have a fair representative in the government that also speaks on behalf of the majority populace, the forum was told.
“Representatives such as women, youths and the disable people in our society is something that our government must allow to happen in the parliament,” a member of the group commented.
They said, fair representation will ensure justice and freedom for all people in communities to enjoy their standard of living because their rights and freedom can be heard by the legislators.
During the meeting FSII members also suggested changes in the number game politics that the country is operating on, asserting the system breeds corruptions and hinders development to happen.
“Number game politics denies the genuine leaders to carry on with their development visions because corruption influenced by the love of money drives our politicians to neglect good visionary leaders, who exercise his/her power under the support of majority parliamentarians,” one member stated.
They added the country and its citizen must be serious about addressing this number game politics because if this struggle fails, the fight against corruption will continue.
By AATAI JOHN