Solomons Parliament To Resume Political Party Bill Discussion

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Cabinet has reportedly approved amendments to bill

By Elliot Dawea

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Sept. 2, 2013) – Solomon Islands’ parliamentary Bills and Legislation Committee will resume its hearing into the Political Party Integrity Bill 2013, tomorrow.

Committee chairman Manasseh Sogavare confirmed this to the Sunday Star.

He said he has received a letter from the secretary to the Prime Minister Barnabas Anga, saying cabinet has approved the amendments suggested for the bill.

He said cabinet has decided to amend the bill instead of bringing in a constitutional amendment.

"Thus the prime minister will have to move four motions when parliament resumes on September 12 to cater for the amendments," Sogavare said.

He said the first people to appear before his committee tomorrow were those from the Prime Minister’s Office.

Sogavare said the hearing is likely to be conducted for two days.

The committee has invited political parties, non-government organisations, and other civil society groups.

Sogavare however said he was disappointed because of government’s failure to bring in early the amendment version of the Political Party Integrity Bill (PPIB) 2013 for committee’s scrutiny.

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