2010 election – Choiseul

There are 23 candidates contesting the three Choiseul seats, up from 17 in 2006. This is largely due to a big increase in contestants in South Choiseul (13, up from 5 in 2006). This is probably a response to the decision by outgoing MP for South Choiseul, Rev. Leslie Boseto, not to seek a fourth term in office (he has held the seat from 1997-2010).

The tables below provide some statistics on the Choiseul seats in recent elections. Below that is a list of the candidates in each constituency (source: Electoral Commission, published on the Toabaita Authority 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, Choiseul province

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

23

2006

17

3/3

15,707

9,566

60.9%

2001

14

2/3

?

9,394

?

1997

?

?

?

?

?

1993

15

2/3

6,657

5,184

77.9%

Table 2: Candidates per constituency, Choiseul province

Constituency

2010

2006

2001

1997

1993

East Choiseul

4

5

4

?

4

North West Choiseul

6

7

6

?

7

South Choiseul

13

5

4

?

4

Total

23

17

14

?

15

East Choiseul

There are 4 candidates, compared to 5 in 2006 and 4 in 2001 and 1993.

  1. Hence Vaekesa: former Director of Trade Division, Department of Commerce
  2. Moses Kurebose Biliki: former Director of Environment and Conservation Division, Department of Environment, came 4th out of 5 in 2006 with 15.0% of the vote
  3. Shepard Lapo: former senior police officer, more recently he was a security officer for UNDP
  4. Manasseh Sogavare (OUR party)*: outgoing MP (1997-2010), former PM (2000-01, 2006-07), won the 2006 election with 36.2% of the vote

North West Choiseul

There are 6 candidates, compared to 7 in 2006, 6 in 2001 and 7 in 1993.

  1. Francis Qalokamake (OUR party): contested East Choiseul in 2006 and came 2nd with 27.3% of the vote
  2. Connelly Sadakabatu
  3. Sylvia Nowak Anderson
  4. Ralph Billy Takubala
  5. Clement Pikabatu Kengava*: outgoing MP (2001-06), won the 2006 election with 31.8% of the vote
  6. Alpha Kimata (SIDP): former MP (1993-2001) and former Finance Minister, came 4th out of 7 in 2006 with 14.3% of the vote

South Choiseul

There are 13 candidates, compared to 5 in 2006 and 4 in 2001 and 1993. At the age of 77, the outgoing MP, Rev. Leslie Boseto, decided to retire after serving three terms in office.

  1. Elijah Doro Muala (SIPRA)
  2. Walter Katovai
  3. Alick Sogati
  4. Atkin Vilaka
  5. Collish Leketo Tutua
  6. Noah Zala
  7. Michael Collin Pitakaka
  8. Brandley Pitanoe
  9. Jackson Kiloe: Premier, Choiseul Province
  10. Cromwell Qopoto: geologist, former Director of Mines in the Department of Mines and Energy
  11. Robertson Erere Qalokale: former Ministry of Finance official, came 3rd in the 2006 election with 19.1% of the vote, (also see/listen to an interview with Qalokale on Radio Australia, 23/03/10)
  12. Rev’d Caleb Kotali: former MP (1989-97)
  13. Wilson Pita
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2 Responses to “2010 election – Choiseul”

  1. FYI Says:

    FYI – Sherpard Lapo is former senior police officer. He was most recently a security officer for the UN office / UNDP

  2. Harry Greenwell Says:

    many thanks for the extra details – very much appreciated. cheers, HG

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