2010 election – Guadalcanal

There are 80 candidates contesting the 8 Guadalcanal seats, up a little from the 71 contestants in 2006. Several seats are much more heavily contested: North Guadalcanal (13 candidates, up from 8 in 2006), East Guadalcanal (11 candidates, up from 6) and North West Guadalcanal (14 candidates, up from 10). Some are much less so: Central Guadalcanal (2 candidates, down from 7) and North East Guadalcanal (6 candidates, down from 10).

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

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

80

2006

71

4/8

41,879

28,401

67.8%

2001

44

2/8

?

25,648

?

1997

?

?

?

?

?

1993

53

5/8

28,089

18,917

67.3%

Table 2: Candidates per constituency, Guadalcanal province

Constituency

2010

2006

2001

1997

1993

Central Guadalcanal

2

7

5

?

4

East Central Guadalcanal

11

9

6

?

5

East Guadalcanal

11

6

4

?

6

North East Guadalcanal

6

10

6

?

12

North Guadalcanal

13

8

6

?

5

North West Guadalcanal

14

10

7

?

14

South Guadalcanal

12

13

4

?

2

West Guadalcanal

11

8

6

?

5

Total

80

71

44

?

53

South Guadalcanal

There are 12 candidates, compared to 13 in 2006, 4 in 2001 and 2 in 1993.

  1. Betty Lirma GIGISI
  2. Ron Lawson MEKE
  3. Andrew Donia MUAKI
  4. Francis Peter PARA
  5. Victor TOTU: former MP (c.2003-06), originally elected to parliament in a by-election, came 5th in 2006 with 8.2% of the vote
  6. Jack Israel BANA (SIPRA)
  7. David Day PACHA (SIDP)*: outgoing MP (2006-10), won in 2006 with 21.2% of the vote
  8. Charles AIWOSUGA (RDP-SI)
  9. Josiah KARICHI: came 4th in 2006 with 9.8% of the vote
  10. Konald Kalea SALA
  11. Martin TSUKI
  12. Allastair TEAVA

East Guadalcanal

There are 11 candidates, compared to 6 in 2006, 4 in 2001 and 6 in 1993.

  1. Bradley TOVOSIA: former Deputy Premier, Guadalcanal Province
  2. Dr John HUE (SIPRA)
  3. Johnson KOLI*: outgoing MP (1997-2010), won in 2006 with 36.2% of the vote
  4. Joe Tuti Ruriti UIAMANU
  5. Samson TAHUNIARA (OUR party)
  6. Henry PECHAKIBO
  7. Joseph HIKUTA’A: came 4th in 2006 with 15.2% of the vote
  8. Kennedy HODA
  9. Ezekiel ALEBUA: former Deputy PM (1984-86) and then PM (1986-89), former Premier, Guadalcanal Province (late 1990s-early 2000s), former MP (1980-97); in July 2007, Alebua was convicted and sentenced to 3.5 years on two counts of embezzlement relating to the misuse of US$27,000 in 2001, whilst he Premier (Solomon Times, RNZI, both 5/07/07)
  10. Benedict TOVA: came 3rd in 2006 with 17.5% of the vote

East Central Guadalcanal

There are 11 candidates, compared to 9 in 2006, 6 in 2001 and 5 in 1993.

  1. Gordon TAPALIA: came 2nd in 2006 with 18.8% of the vote
  2. Abel ARAMBOLA (RDP-SI): former Premier, Guadalcanal Premier (mid-2000s)
  3. Joseph ONIKA (OUR party)
  4. Nathaniel MARA: came 5th out of 9 with 6.9% of the vote
  5. Nollen C LENI*: outgoing MP (2001-10), won in 2006 with 23.2% of the vote, one of five ministers sacked by PM Sikua in April following the failure of the political parties integrity bill
  6. Eric THOGOLE
  7. Kamilo Kevin GAOMA
  8. Mark GATU
  9. Molia GEMALI
  10. Rueben TOVUTOVU (SIPRA)
  11. Job Maneka GESENI

North East Guadalcanal

There are 6 candidates, compared to 10 in 2006, 6 in 2001 and 12 in 1993.

  1. Ishmael Robert LEUAPE (OUR party): came 2nd in 2006 with 11.6% of the vote
  2. Derek SIKUA (Liberal)*: outgoing PM and MP (2006-10), won in 2006 with 35.6% of the vote
  3. Alfred Mane-ngelea LOVANITILA (RDP-SI)
  4. Fairall WILFRED
  5. Brally Jim TAVALIA
  6. Henry SAEA

North Guadalcanal

There are 13 candidates, compared to 8 in 2006, 6 in 2001 and 5 in 1993.

  1. Martin SOPAGE*: outgoing MP (2006-10), won in 2006 with 28.0% of the vote
  2. Daniel Vedar BUTO
  3. Benedict GARIMAE (RDP-SI)
  4. David KUAN
  5. Samson MANEKA: came 5th out of 8 in 2006 with 13.9% of the vote
  6. Stephen PAENI: former MP (North-East Guadalcanal, 2001-06; North Guadalcanal, 1984-89), came 3rd in NE Guadalcanal in 2006 with 11.4% of the vote
  7. Harry BARNABAS
  8. Edmond SONITAVEA
  9. John ROSIVAENA
  10. Alfred MAEKE
  11. Greenta Vienna TOME (OUR party)
  12. Andrew KUVU
  13. Hendrick QOUTALA: (Note: Qoutala is included on the SIEC list but not separately enumerated, so only 12 candidates are recorded for North Guadalcanal.)

Central Guadalcanal

There are 2 candidates, compared to 7 in 2006, 5 in 2001 and 4 in 1993. There were 3 candidates for the by-election held on 6 May 2009.

  1. Peter Shannel AGOVAKA (OUR party): outgoing MP (2006-08, 2009-10), forfeited his seat following a six-month jail sentence for stabbing a young man during an argument but won back the seat with 58.8% of the vote in the subsequent by-election, won in 2006 with 31.7% of the vote
  2. Walton NAEZON: former Minister and MP (1997-2006), came 2nd in 2006 with 27.2% of the vote, also came 2nd with 36.4% of the vote in the 2009 by-election

North West Guadalcanal

There are 14 candidates, compared to 10 in 2006, 7 in 2001 and 10 in 1993.

  1. Charles Brown BEU
  2. John QUAN
  3. Craig Apusae PELU
  4. Joseph Pali NIELSEN: came 2nd in 2006 with 22.7% of the vote
  5. Joseph Solomon ANEA (OUR party): former CEO, Solomon Airlines, came 5th in West Guadalcanal in 2006 with 10.0% of the vote
  6. Horst Heinz Bobo DETTKE: local businessman involved in the logging industry & owner of ITA Hardware, reportedly a backer of Sogavare’s camp based in Pacific Casino hotel during the selection of PM after the 2006 election (see Allen 2008, p.43, Kabutalauka 2008, p.108 and Fraenkel 2008, p.173), also reportedly involved in the controversial and seemingly ill-fated National Alliance Party (Solomon Times, 08/10/08 and 28/10/08).
  7. George KAVOA
  8. Hilda Padavera KI’I (RDP-SI): lecturer, Distance Education Unit, SICHE (since 2001); resource person for Guadalcanal Province Leaders Summit 2005; co-author (with several others) of “Raetemaot: creative writing from Solomon Islands” (1996)
  9. Solomon LOVE
  10. Siriako USA*: outgoing MP (2001-10), former Minister for Lands (2001-06) and Mines (2006-07), recently the subject of a Court Order to disclose his expenditure of constituency funds (Solomon Star, 3/05/10), won in 2006 with 29.1% of the vote
  11. Michael Ben WALAHOULA
  12. Francis Mocho Belande SADE
  13. Stephen LABU
  14. Charles Keku CHIVILI: shortly before election day, a warrant was issued for Keku’s arrest in relation to charges of illegal interference with SIWA works and illegal diversion of water (Solomon Star, 3/08/10)

West Guadalcanal

There are 11 candidates, compared to 8 in 2006, 6 in 2001 and 5 in 1993. Outgoing MP, Laurie Chan (2001-10), is not re-contesting the seat.

  1. Anthony Kamutulka VEKE (OUR party)
  2. Joshua BULOLO
  3. Moses GARU (SIDP): former Guadalcanal DBSI Branch Manager
  4. David ROSALIO
  5. Peter S HAEO
  6. Silas Divine Gift LAUVISU
  7. Obediah GADI
  8. Pascal K BELAMATAGU: came 3rd in 2006 with 14.5% of the vote
  9. George W MANGALE (SIPRA)
  10. Samson TETEHA
  11. Edme ZIOKERA
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2 Responses to “2010 election – Guadalcanal”

  1. Whymiz Says:

    You also should note that Ezekiel Alebua was convicted by the magestrate court in July 2007 for three and half years for two counts of embezzlement, offences he committed whist he held the office of Guadalcanal premier between February and May 201. He used more than 27,000 US dollars of Guadalcanal provincial government funds for personal gain.

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