Most Solomons Candidates Contesting As Independents

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Onerous party registration process leads to instability

By Eddie Osifelo

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Nov. 12, 2014) – Most candidates will contest the upcoming election on November 19 as independent candidates.

This made Solomon Islands Democratic Party’s (SIDP) legal counsel, Gabriel Suri to question the registration process to form Political Party as stipulated under the Political Parties Integrity Act in High Court on Monday.

Under the Act, one of the requirements is for the application to contain declarations by at least 250 members of the political party, all of whom must be registered in the register of voters.

Suri said from the list released by the Electoral Commission this week, most of the candidates contesting are independent members compare to Party candidates.

He said most of the members who passed the Bill in Parliament are contesting the election as independent candidates.

"As we know crossing of floor in Parliament has caused political instability.

"I don’t know if we are going to achieve the objective of the Act," he said.

Parliament has passed the Political Parties Integrity Bill on May 27 2014.

The Bill which is now an Act provided for the Registration, Administration, and Development of Political Parties, to promote Integrity in their operations, for related matters and to make consequential amendments to the National Parliament Electoral Provisions Act (cap.87).

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