THREE candidates are contesting the Gizo/Kolombangara constituency in the coming National General Elections to unseat the former Member of Parliament (MP) Gordon Darcy Lilo.
Gordon Darcy Lilo during the launch of his party two weeks ago confidently declared he had already won his seat for the fourth term in Parliament.
He said during his speech at the launch of his party a fortnight ago, that he has nothing to worry about because he believes his people has his trust and confidence to lead them for another term.
However, Lilo’s words will be tested on the 19th November when he will be challenging three other candidates who will vie to unseat him.
The three candidates are Schulte Maetoloa, Kenneth Bulehite both of which are contesting as independent candidates and Jimson Fiau Tanaghada who will run under the banner of the United Democratic Party.
Recent media reports has stated Lilo has the backing of his hard core supporters that gives him the winning edge over his opponents.
In his brief address to his people, during his brief visit to Gizo a week ago, Lilo acknowledged his people’s support and prayers during his three years tenure as Prime Minister of Solomon Islands.
He reaffirmed his pledge to serve the interests of his people and that of the country as a whole.
However there are mix reactions coming from people in the constituency.
As was reported from Gizo, Rockson Pita said the situation in Gizo was tense as other candidates have been seen with strong followers.
“Jimson Tanaghada is likely to be the main threat to Lilo because he has quite a good following too. He could possibly unseat Lilo but the day will tell. Like many said they have enough of Lilo. Saying for the last twelve years they have seen no developments. Even the road in Gizo cannot be fixed during his term so why should he be re-elected,” Pita reported from Gizo.
He said there is likely hood of Lilo’s brother and long time contender Kenneth Bulehite to be another threat to Lilo which people say he could split Lilo’s supporters.
Pita claimed most people in Gizo wanted to see change while other strong supporters of Lilo still want him back.
“But we will see what will happen on the 19th November because currently, here in Gizo, the situation is tense as these candidates are drawing huge crowds of supporters everywhere they go,” Pita added.
By DANIEL NAMOSUAIA