Another New Solomons Political Party Launched

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United Democratic Party message; ‘equity, justice and peace’

By Daniel Namosuaia

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Oct. 13, 2014) – United Democratic Party (UDP) has launched its manifesto and party logo over the weekend.

The launching highlighted some of the party’s key principles and vision heading forward in contesting the upcoming general elections.

Party President Sir Thomas Ko Chan said the party’s key message is equity, justice and peace for the country.

He said all party members and supporters believe that in order to have a prosperous Solomon Islands, the three concepts of equity, justice and peace are the three pillars.

Sir Chan said the county has a bright future and the party believes inclusiveness, partnership, transparency, accountability and Law as the corner stone to this country’s bright future.

"I look forward to our great nation and people to fulfil our dreams and follow the path of hard work and honest labour in providing greater opportunities from the land, sea and the sky," Sir Chan said.

He said although this country can achieve this, there is still much work left to be done to make it a success for the country.

[PIR editor’s note: RNZI reported that ‘12 political parties are set to contest the Solomon Islands national election on November the 19th. ... The Registrar of the Political Parties Commission, Calvin Ziru, says ten political parties have been registered and two more applications for registration are being dealt with this week.’]

Sir Chan stressed that those people who have given their support for this party have seen the importance of registering this party with its key principles to respond to this nations call to register the party as provided under the new Political Parties Integrity Bill 2014.

"UDP is all about an independent and sovereign Solomon islands. More importantly it is about the is about every individual and citizen, every family and household, every village and hamlet in all provinces and their aspirations, their sense of value and ownership of their resources," Sir Chan added.

He said it is about the people and government and its institutions that must be owned by the people and being responsive to their needs and aspirations.

Sir Chan stressed that UDP is about building, re-organising and developing the country and its society, organising different values, customs and traditions in the way that everyone respects and give due regard to those of their fellow countrymen.

He said UDP will be working closely with all liked minded political parties and others who share the common desire to work for better and prosperous Solomon Islands.

"This country belongs to everyone and working together in the true spirit of partnership and putting the interest of the country first and foremost can bring tangible benefits and deliver positive results for people of this country."

He further stressed that UDP’s motto of equity, justice and peace are high moral values which the party believes in.

"Equity for provinces, justice for the people and peace to the nation," Sir Chan added.

United Democratic Party for social reform and economic advancement is a party formed from two former major political parties merging together.

The Reform and Democratic Party (RDP) and the Independent Democratic Party (IDP).

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