2010 election – Malaita

There are 142 candidates contesting the 14 Malaita seats, a similar number to the 140 contestants in 2006. Several seats are much more heavily contested: Baegu/Asifola (14 candidates, up from 6 in 2006), Central Kwara’ae (11 candidates, up from 2) and Small Malaita (15 candidates, up from 11). Some are much less so: Aoke/Langa Langa (6 candidates, down from 13), Fataleka (9 candidates, down from 15) and Lau Mbaelelea (11 candidates, down from 15).

The tables below provide some statistics on the Malaita seats in recent elections. Below that is a list of the candidates in each constituency (source: Electoral Commission, published in Excel format on the Tutuvatu site and also on the TARD blog site). 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, Malaita province

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

141

2006

140

5/14

105,605

63,478

60.1%

2001

113

6/14

?

63,815

?

1997

?

?

?

?

?

1993

103

8/13

51,594

31,402

60.9%

Table 2: Candidates per constituency, Malaita province

Constituency

2010

2006

2001

1997

1993

Aoke/Langa Langa

6

13

4

?

4

Baegu/Asifola

14

6

6

?

14

Central Kwara’ae

11

2

5

?

8

East Are Are

8

10

8

?

4

East Kwaio

4

7

4

?

5

East Malaita

7

7

10

?

n/a

Fataleka

9

15

10

?

9

Lau Mbaelelea

11

15

12

?

14

Malaita Outer Islands

7

8

8

?

6

North Malaita

9

9

10

?

15

Small Malaita

15

11

9

?

5

West Are Are

10

9

7

?

5

West Kwaio

13

10

6

?

6

West Kwara’ae

18

18

14

?

8

Total

142

140

113

?

103

North Malaita

There are 9 candidates, compared to 9 in 2006, 10 in 2001 and 15 in 1993.

  1. Joel Moffat Konofilia (United Party, SIUP)
  2. Lawrence Foanaota (OUR party): former director, National Museum
  3. Sensie George
  4. Mahlon Oduramo Suilifia
  5. Jimmy Lusibaea: current owner, Lion Heart Roadwork (apparently the recipient of substantial donor-funded Honiara road repair contracts), former MEF leader, recently released from jail after serving five years for robbery
  6. Rev Michael Maeliau: apparently the leader of a breakaway sect of SSEC, former MP (1993-97), came 2nd in 2006 with 27.0% of the vote (and also came 2nd to Kwanairara in a by-election held in December 2004)
  7. Daniel Enele Kwanairara (SIDP)*: outgoing MP (1997-2001, 2004-10), won in 2006 with 41.6% of the vote
  8. Leslie Leau Kwaiga: lawyer, former spokesperson of the MEF, was charged with abduction, intimidation and conspiring to defeat the course of justice in relation to the 2001 murder of Selwyn Saki and, separately, with three counts of demanding money with menaces (however he was subsequently acquitted of at least some of these charges)
  9. Rt. Rev Raymond Aumae (SIPRA): former Bishop of Diocese of Malaita, Church of Melanesia

Lau/Mbaelelea

There are 11 candidates, compared to 15 in 2006, 12 in 2001 and 14 in 1993. Apparently there were 17 candidates for the by-election held on 23 September 2008.

  1. Auga Augustine
  2. Walter Folotalu (SIDP)*: outgoing MP (2008-10, also previously MP for Baegu/Asifola, 1993-97)
  3. Fagal Aengari
  4. Silver Mango
  5. Philip Solodia: former police sergeant, found guilty of, amongst other things, the theft during the Tensions period of an RSIP ray boat and outboard motor but subsequently acquitted after serving almost a year in prison
  6. Charles Ferania Sale: former MP (1993-2001), came 5th out of 11 in 2006 with 10.9% of the vote
  7. Dr. Judson Lee Leafasia: former Chief of Staff to PM Sogavare, former Permanent Secretary for health and also for rural development, came 2nd in 2006 with 17.9% of the vote
  8. John Dominic Gela
  9. Toata Molea: owner of Didao refuel station, post-graduate in marine science (trained in Australia)
  10. Leslie Lazarus
  11. John Meke: found guilty of fraud in 2003 in relation to the infamous Family Charity Fund (see RNZI, 13/10/03)

Baegu/Asifola

There are 13 candidates, compared to 6 in 2006, 6 in 2001 and 14 in 1993. Note that Alfred Liata Malakai (OUR party) was included in an initial list but was not on the final list (so perhaps he withdrew his nomination).

  1. Peter Kakai Jr
  2. Danny Mana Siau: security chief for Korean-owned Mako fisheries
  3. Toswell Kaua*: outgoing MP (2006-10), former senior public servant and Secretary to the PM, won in 2006 with 41.8% of the vote
  4. Thompson Lebeoa
  5. James Kili: former police superintendant and MEF-Joint Operations Commander (associate of Manasseh Maelanga in the PFF), sentenced in 2004 to five years jail for Tensions-related offences, currently associated with mining prospecting companies as a security officer/consultant.
  6. Tony Irobina
  7. Bobby Kusilifu: former President of SSEC, later studied and settled in NZ.
  8. Francis Frank Lomo: former Permanent Secretary for Commerce and later Agriculture, suspended due to alleged unprofessional behaviour and later fired when the CNURA-Sikua govt came into power
  9. Henry Olobeni: former Ministry of Lands officer
  10. David Tome (SIDP): former Community High School Principal, former agricultural extension officer, former CEMA (Commodity Export and Marketing Authority) officer
  11. John Tatalo (SIPRA): former SICHE lecturer (electrical works)
  12. Wilfred Akao: former senior police officer, subsequently found guilty by the High Court in May 2005 of abduction and assault in relation to a rape charge but acquitted in May 2006 following an appeal to the SI Court of Appeal.
  13. Makario Tagini: lawyer, Global Lawyers
  14. Alfred Liata Malakai (OUR party): (Note: Malakai was omitted from the final list of candidates released by the Electoral Commission. The Commission subsequently issued a public correction and apology, 20/07/10.)

Fataleka

There are 9 candidates, compared to 15 in 2006, 10 in 2001 and 9 in 1993.

  1. Rev Solomon Auga: parish priest, Church of Melanesia, former senior police officer
  2. Thomas Ifuimae (OUR party)
  3. Gregson Angisia
  4. Allan Siau
  5. John Kunika
  6. Jennifer Fugui: Masters of Public Policy (ANU, 2009), recipient of the Australian Leadership Award scholarship, wife of fellow candidate John Moffat Fugui (Central Honiara)
  7. Felix Laumae Kabini: came 2nd in 2006 with 24.6% of the vote
  8. Steve Abana (SIDP)*: outgoing Minister for Planning and Aid Coordination and MP (2001-10), won in 2006 with 26.3% of the vote
  9. Peter Bubulu

Central Kwara’ae

There are 11 candidates, compared to 2 in 2006, 5 in 2001 and 8 in 1993.

  1. Fred Iro Fono (leader, People’s Congress Party)*: outgoing MP and Deputy PM (1997-2010), won in 2006 with 55.0% of the vote
  2. Walton Willy Abuitoo: former MP for West Honiara (1993-97)
  3. Fiulaua Jackson: businessman, JF construction and owner of Rarasu Motel in Auki
  4. Philip Damirara Akotee (OUR party)
  5. John Utukana To’ofilu
  6. Leonard Sasai
  7. Fred Maebiru Maetoloa: current President, National Olympic Committee of SI (NOCSI)
  8. Clement Lee
  9. Collin Maenuu Sigimanu: former Corporate Services Manager, Solomon Airlines, husband of Permanent Secretary Ethel Sigimanu
  10. Reubin Torii Moli: former Premier, Malaita Province, former General Manager, NPF, currently works with APSD, a Japanese NGO providing training for young people at Fiu, near Auki
  11. Rosie Anilabata: former member for Buma Ward, Malaitan Provincial Assembly, and former Provincial Minister of Sport and Tourism (2002-06); came in 4th out of 18 in West Kwara’ae in 2006 with 7.8% of the vote

West Kwara’ae

There are 18 candidates, compared to 18 in 2006, 14 in 2001 and 8 in 1993.

  1. Simon Mani: former MEF commander, arrested for Tension-related
  2. Paul Kukutee Daokalia: political officer/advisor to the Leader of the Opposition, Sogavare
  3. Allen Tori Tomu
  4. Jared Daudau Tagini
  5. Martin Saefafia
  6. Henry Tagini Anita: former senior police officer, brother of fellow candidate Michael Anita (Central Honiara)
  7. Casper Kasote’e Dausabea
  8. Augustine Faliomea Maelifaka: former CBSI officer, most recently the CAO for Malaita Province Govt
  9. Leslie Osimae
  10. Erickson Otia
  11. Martin Fini
  12. Martin Aebata (RDP-SI): came 2nd in 2006 with 15.8% of the vote
  13. Shemuel Sam Idurii (SIDP)*: outgoing MP and Minister for National Unity and Reconciliation (2006-10), won in 2006 with 20.1% of the vote
  14. Robert Madeo
  15. John Alfred Tuasulia: came 9th out of 18 in 2006 with 4.7% of the vote
  16. Fred Maniau
  17. Sam Lidimani Alasia (SIPRA): political analyst and researcher, former MP (1989-97)
  18. Jack Kaota

East Malaita

There are 7 candidates, compared to 7 in 2006 and 10 in 2001. There were 11 candidates in the by-election held on 23 March 2008. The seat of East Malaita did not exist in 1993.

  1. Sade Oge
  2. Capt. Wilfred Belo: ran for Aoke/Langalanga in the 2008 by-election, received 25 votes
  3. Philistus Olo Fafoi
  4. Manasseh Maelanga (SIDP)*: outgoing MP and Minister for Provincial Government (2008-10), former MEF member and police superintendant, served a one-year jail sentence for two counts of common assault and malicious damage in connection to an incident in December 2002 at the Kitano Mendana Hotel, won the 2008 by-election with 1,106 votes and a margin of 358 votes
  5. David Toifai Misitomu: came 2nd in the 2008 by-election with 748 votes
  6. Lloyd Gwee Toribaeko (OUR party)
  7. Ezekiel Korai

Aoke/Langalanga

There are 6 candidates, compared to 13 in 2006, 4 in 2001 and 4 in 1993. There were 10 candidates in the by-election held on 23 March 2008.

  1. Richard N. Ulufa’alu (Liberal Party)
  2. Frank Bosi
  3. Matthew Cooper Wale (SIDP)*: outgoing MP and Education Minister (2008-10), won the 2008 by-election with 1,608 votes and a margin of over 500 votes
  4. Tony Wale
  5. Billy Kwasai Manu (RDP-SI): came 2nd in the 2008 by-election with a little over 1,000 votes
  6. Judy Kwatena F Barty (OUR party)

East Are’Are

There are 8 candidates, compared to 10 in 2006, 8 in 2001 and 4 in 1993. This seat is currently vacant due to the recent death of its former MP, Edward Huni’ehu.

  1. Joe Hatamane Ririmae
  2. Andrew Hanaria Keniasina
  3. Aliki Tokii Haapio
  4. Andrew Maneporaa: former lecturer, USP SI Campus, former CBSI officer
  5. Michael Ahikau (SIDP): former superintendant of Marine, came 2nd in 2006 with 21.6% of the vote
  6. Brian Aonima
  7. Abraham Namokari: came 3rd in 2006 with 14.8% of the vote
  8. Jerry Haipora

Small Malaita

There are 15 candidates, compared to 11 in 2006, 9 in 2001 and 5 in 1993.

  1. Matthew Fakaia: came 2nd in 2006 with 17.2% of the vote (and came 3rd in 2001)
  2. Alex Bartlett: businessman, former MP (1984-93, 2001-04), former MEF leader, faced charges relating both to the Tensions (I’m not sure of the outcome) and the April riots (the charges were later dropped)
  3. William Haomae*: outgoing MP (2006-10, also 1993-2001), won in 2006 with 20.0% of the vote
  4. Henry Star Dora: cousin of fellow candidate Rudolf Henry Dora (also standing for Small Malaita)
  5. Lyndon Wateitohi
  6. Joseph Wane
  7. Leslie Anthony Saru
  8. Christopher Wate
  9. Elijah Owa: came 4th in 2006 with 11.7% of the vote
  10. Clement Honiola
  11. Rick Houenipwela (SIDP): former governor of CBSI
  12. Rudolf Henry Dora (leader, People’s Federation Party): former Foreign Affairs officer, cousin of fellow candidate Henry Star Dora (also standing for Small Malaita)
  13. Willie Faasu: former national soccer player
  14. Edwin Awaoli (OUR party): businessman, owner of EN Printers
  15. Patrick Wate

West Are’Are

There are 10 candidates, compared to 9 in 2006, 7 in 2001 and 5 in 1993.

  1. Slayde Waiwaki Ehakeni
  2. Paul Rasuhiraro Opaka
  3. John Maneniaru: former General Manager, ICSI (Investment Corporation of Solomon Islands)
  4. Peter Hauia: former Permanent Secretary for Works
  5. Campion Ohasio (OUR party)
  6. Joe Timothy Ariaria
  7. Samson Maeniuta Rihuoha
  8. Severino Nuaiasi (SIDP)*: caretaker Minister for Fisheries and outgoing MP (2006-10), won in 2006 with 25.0% of the vote
  9. Andrew Gabriel H Nori (PAP): lawyer and former MEF spokesperson, former Finance Minister and MP (1985-97), came 4th in 2006 with 10.2% of the vote, husband of fellow candidate Delma Nori (Central Honiara)
  10. Martin Tome Haikau

East Kwaio

There are 4 candidates, compared to 7 in 2006, 4 in 2001 and 5 in 1993.

  1. Herrick Dennie
  2. Alfred Solomon Sasako (Direct Development Party): journalist, former MP (1997-2006), came 4th in 2006 with 14.1% of the vote
  3. Stanley Festus Sofu (SIDP)*: outgoing Minister for Infrastructure and MP (2006-10), won in 2006 with 33.7% of the vote
  4. Solomon Amos Morisudah

West Kwaio

There are 13 candidates, compared to 10 in 2006, 6 in 2001 and 6 in 1993.

  1. Fred Saega
  2. Fred Sisifiu
  3. Anderson Kwarimea Raenaitoro: came 8th out of 10 in 2006 with 4.4% of the vote
  4. Peter Tom*: outgoing Minister of Home Affairs and MP (2006-10), won in 2006 with 25.7% of the vote
  5. Alfred Afeau
  6. Henry Dada
  7. Tony Uania: came 9th out of 10 in 2006 with 1.6% of the vote
  8. Mathias Olofia: came 4th in 2006 with 17.1% of the vote
  9. Charles Karaori
  10. Robert Wales Feratelia (leader, People’s Power Action Party)
  11. Augustine Lafo
  12. Harry Kwalafunu (OUR party)
  13. Jack Ofoato

Malaita Outer Islands

There are 7 candidates, compared to 8 in 2006, 8 in 2001 and 6 in 1993.

  1. Hugo Kahano
  2. David Holosivi: former MP (1997-2006), came 2nd in 2006 with 23.3% of the vote
  3. Rodger D Tauariki
  4. Thomas Sapivaka
  5. Reginald W Aipia
  6. Patrick Vahoe*: outgoing MP (2006-10), won in 2006 with 27.5% of the vote
  7. Martin Kialoe
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2 Responses to “2010 election – Malaita”

  1. La Mahn Says:

    your reporting concerning Leslie Kwaiga is untrue and thus you are not a very good researcher your self. All his charges he was acquitted of and none of those acquittals have been further challenged, so you need to get your facts right buddy, you suck on your commentary.

    Cheers, NO hard feelings but you definitely suck and a disgrace to the journalism profession. you should be ranked amongst the worst reporters of all time.

  2. Leslie Kwaiga Says:

    Harry Greenwell please tell me of the “SOME” charges that are still against me…..

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