‘WINDS OF CHANGE’ NOT BLOWING TO FAR SOLOMON ISLES

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‘WINDS OF CHANGE’ NOT BLOWING TO FAR SOLOMON ISLES

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, March 29) - Choiseul leader Chief Galo Boy has expressed disappointment over the non-attendance of the Winds of the Change team to the Solomon Islands province.

Speaking to Solomon Star yesterday the South Choiseul chief said it is unfair for some of the provinces, mostly the outer islands, because Winds of Change never visited them to conduct awareness in the build up to the national election next week.

He claimed that SB$30,000 [US$4,300] was given by the British Government to help in the campaign.

"Where have all the money gone?" was the question Chief Boy wanted answered.

Chief Boy said Malaita had been visited by five teams who covered most of the islands, while Temotu and Choiseul had no team visiting them to conduct awareness about the election.

[PIR editor’s note: Malaita Province is just northeast of Guadalcanal Province where the national capital is situated; whereas, Choiseul Island is in Western Province in the far north west Solomon Islands, and Temotu Province is to the far south east in Solomon Islands.]

He pointed out that in the Western Province, only one team visited, but when the team was invited to Choiseul they never turned up citing lack of funding to visit the villagers.

"Some members of the team asked us to listen to the radio but most of us don’t have access to the radio. We need these teams to visit us and hold awareness talks about the election process and how to vote honestly," he said.

Despite this, Chief Boy said he hoped outer islands would be given an opportunity to hear such awareness programs in the next election.

"It is a good initiative and I want to acknowledge the team for the work it had done to other provinces around the country," Chief Boy said.

March 31, 2006

Solomon Star: http://www.solomonstarnews.com/

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