Solomons Parliament Rejects Deferral Of Constituency Bill

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Majority of MPs did not stand in support, debate to continue

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Sept. 16, 2013) – The Solomon Islands parliament has rejected a petition by three anti-corruption groups to have it defer the Constituency Development Fund 2013 Bill.

The rejection of the document, which was signed by over 600 people, has paved the way for parliament to continue with the debate on the bill.

The MP for Aoke-Langalanga, Mathew Wale, presented the petition from Transparency Solomon Islands, Forum Solomon Islands International and the Anti-Corruption Network.

When the speaker Sir Allan Kemakeza asked those who supported it to stand, a majority of MPs remained in their seats but accepted copies of it and noted its content.

The opposition supported the petition.

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