SOLOMON ISLANDS PARLIAMENT REJECTS MOVE FOR SECRET BALLOTS

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (April 5, 2001 - Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation/PINA Nius Online)---A motion by Solomon Islands Caretaker Opposition leader Bartholomew Ulufa‘alu to have MPs vote by secret ballot on constitution amendment bills has been defeated.

The motion was moved following concerns that MPs should be able to vote without fear of intimidation due to the high-risk security situation following two years of ethnic conflict.

But government legal experts criticized the motion, saying voters should know where their MPs stand on national issues.

Two bills, which seek to extend the life of the present house and revise the powers of the Director of Public Prosecutions, are now before Parliament.

For additional reports from the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation.

Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org 

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