2010 election – Central

There are 18 candidates contesting the two Central seats, a small decrease from the 21 contestants in 2006. Ngella remains the more hotly contested seat (12 candidates, down from 13 in 2006) whilst the incumbent and former PM Allan Kemakeza faces just five opponents (there were 8 candidates in 2006).

The tables below provide some statistics on the Central seats in recent elections. Below that is a list of the candidates in each constituency (source: Electoral Commission, published on the Toabaita Authority for Research and Development (TARD) blog). I’ve also included any information I’ve been able to find about the candidates’ party affiliations, previous electoral performance, work experience and qualifications. (Note: I will keep updating this post until the election, so comments and corrections are particularly welcome.)

Table 1: Election statistics, Central province

Election Candidates Incumbents returned Voters (reg’d) Votes cast Voter turn-out
2010

18

2006

21

1/2

17,332

11,636

67.1%

2001

13

1/2

?

11,054

?

1997

?

?

?

?

?

1993

5

2/2

9,691

6,985

72.1%

Table 2: Candidates per constituency, Central province

Constituency

2010

2006

2001

1997

1993

Ngella

12

13

9

?

2

Savo and Russells

6

8

4

?

3

Total

18

21

13

?

5

Ngella

There are 12 candidates, compared to 13 in 2006, 9 in 2001 and 2 in 1993.

  1. Mark Kemakeza: outgoing MP (2006-10), former Premier of Central Province, won the 2006 election with 23.8% of the vote
  2. Bart Parapolo (OUR party)
  3. Ronald Unusi (SIDP): former PS and Commissioner of Labour
  4. C. Kakango
  5. Fred Samora
  6. Alfred Pohe (RDP-SI): former Commissioner of Inland Revenue
  7. Chris Salini: former CBSI Assistant Manager, more recently was a USP SI Campus Assistant Lecturer.
  8. J. Gorosi Pidoke
  9. Cicil Ono: came last out of 13 in the 2006 election with 0.6% of the vote
  10. Daniel Parapolo: came 10th out of 13 in the 2006 election with 2.4% of the vote
  11. Catherine Pule: teacher
  12. John Lee Hatimoana

Savo and Russells

There are 6 candidates, compared to 8 in 2006, 4 in 2001 and 3 in 1993.

  1. Reginald Hill Kokili (SIDP): came 2nd in 2006 with 24.1% of the vote
  2. Dickson Mua Panakitasi
  3. Sterry Leni Kuatavem
  4. Allan Christian Kemakeza (PAP): outgoing MP (1993-2010), former PM, won the 2006 election with 30.0% of the vote (also see my earlier post on Kemakeza’s 18 month prison sentence – 12 months suspended – and the subsequent finding that he was ineligible to contest a by-election held in October 2009)
  5. Tura Baptise
  6. Henry Zimbo (SIPRA)
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