The Political Parties Commission (PPC) says twelve political parties will contest the 2014 National Elections on November 19.
The Commission’s Registrar, Calvin Ziru, said ten political parties have been registered and two more applications for registration are being dealt with this week.
The ten registered political parties are:- The People’s Alliance Party, Democratic Alliance Party, People’s Progressive Party, National Transformation Party, Kadere Pati, Pan Melanesian Party, People First Party, Solomon Islands’ Party for Rural Advancement, Direct Development Party and United Democratic Party.
Mr Ziru said supporters of political parties that have not applied for registration will contest the elections as independents.
The non-registered political parties are:- Solomon Islands Democratic Party, Our Party, Liberal Party, Labor Party, Rural Urban Party, United Party, and National Party.
Meanwhile, the People’s Alliance Party (PAP) says it has accepted 31 candidates to contest the elections under its banner.
Party President, Sir Nathaniel Waena says the candidates’ election fees have all been paid.
He says out of the 31 candidates, ten are women who will challenge some of the heavy-weights in the Ninth Parliament.
By George Atkin