TWELVE SOLOMONS CONSTITUENCIES YET TO REGISTER NOMINATIONS

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (November 7, 2001 – Radio Australia)---About 110 candidates have been nominated so far to run in the December national election.

The electoral office in the capital, Honiara, reports that it has received nominations from 38 constituencies.

But it says no nominations have been received yet for the other 12 constituencies.

The last day for delivery of nomination papers is Thursday.

Any candidate wishing to withdraw his or her nomination can do so by November 10.

The national election will be held on December 5.

 

AUSTRALIA’S FOREIGN MINISTER DOWNER SAYS SOLOMONS MUST CONFRONT "DISASTROUS" ECONOMY

CANBERRA, Australia (November 7, 2001 – Radio Australia)---Foreign Minister Alexander Downer says the Solomon Islands must confront its disastrous economy just as soon as the December 5 national election is over.

The nation’s economy is hardly functioning, he said.

The Foreign Minister said Australia will be ready to fund a generous economic recovery program if the Solomons has a government that is prepared to tackle grave problems.

"The economy is in terrible shape. And I'm not sure everyone in the Solomon Islands quite realizes how disastrous the country's economic situation is, " Mr. Downer said.

"I mean they're simply running out of revenue options in the Solomon Islands.

"I don't think much can be done about that between now and the election, which after all is only five or so weeks away. But once the election is out of the way, I think they have to make these decisions for themselves first and foremost.

"But a country like Australia can sit down with them and try to help them through their economic problems.

"I wouldn't want to underestimate the task ahead in terms of restructuring the Solomon Islands’ economy. It's in very bad shape," Foreign Minister Downer said.

For additional reports from Radio Australia, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Radio Australia.

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