2010 election – Western

There are 73 candidates contesting the 9 Western Province seats, substantially up from the 49 contestants in 2006. Several seats are much more heavily contested: Gizo/Kolombangara (14 candidates, up from 6 in 2006), Marovo (12 candidates, up from 7) and Vona Vona/West New Georgia (12 candidates, up from 7). The remainder have not changed significantly.

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

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

73

2006

49

8/9

43,829

27,996

63.9%

2001

52

3/9

?

27,537

?

1997

?

?

?

?

?

1993

44

6/9

25,186

15,301

60.8%

Table 2: Candidates per constituency, Western province

Constituency

2010

2006

2001

1997

1993

Gizo/Kolombangara

14

6

9

?

7

Marovo

12

7

4

?

2

North New Georgia

3

1

2

?

1

North Vella la Vella

6

6

6

?

3

Ranongga/Simbo

5

6

4

?

5

Shortland Islands

7

7

10

?

3

South New Georgia/Rendova

8

5

4

?

6

South Vella la Vella

6

4

4

?

7

Vona Vona/West New Georgia

12

7

9

?

10

Total

73

49

52

?

44

Ranongga/Simbo

  1. Francis Billy Hilly (Nasnol Party)*: outgoing Finance Minister and MP (1976-84, 1993-2010), former PM (1993-94), won in 2006 with 33.4% of the vote
  2. Steven Suti Agalo
  3. Elizabeth Tamugula Pearson
  4. Belani Tekulu (leader, New Nations SI Party, NNSIP): businessman, cocoa exporter, owner of Red Mansion Comfort Inn
  5. Charles Sigoto (RDP-SI)

West New Georgia and Vona Vona

  1. Joseph Douglas: currently facing one count of corruption relating to his former role as adviser to the Western Provincial administration (Solomon Star, 23 July), brother of fellow candidates Nuatali Tongarutu (North New Georgia) and Nairie Alamu (South New Georgia/Rendova/Tetepari)
  2. Peter James Boyers*: outgoing MP (2001-10), former Finance Minister (2005-06, Dec 2007), won in 2006 with 34.7% of the vote, sacked as head of ICSI at the same time as five ministers were sacked by PM Sikua in April following the failure of the political parties integrity bill
  3. Billy Veo
  4. Pat Loe
  5. Rev Milton Talasasa (leader, Rural Congress People’s Party): Masters in History (University of Auckland, 2008), former human resource officer for the Uniting Church
  6. Silas Kerry Vaqara Tausinga (SIPRA)
  7. Akuila Talasasa
  8. Wilson Gina: came last out of 7 in 2006 with 1.6% of the vote
  9. Rev. Robertson Balo
  10. Nelson Boso (RDP-SI)
  11. Selina Zima Boso: PFNet supervisor (March 2009), Director, Department of Provincial Government and Constituency Development (2006)
  12. Gloria Sisiopere: town clerk (Noro Town Council), her campaign launch on 1 July emphasised rural livelihoods, transparency in use of RCDF and honesty in leadership, wife of fellow candidate Milton Sibisopere (South Vella La Vella)

Shortlands

  1. Ronnie KIDOE
  2. Augustine TANEKO*: outgoing MP (2001-10), won in 2006 with 33.3% of the vote
  3. Steve LAORE: came last out of 7 in 2006 with 4.8% of the vote
  4. Albert Bakel LAORE: came 2nd in 2006 with 19.1% of the vote
  5. Derick PAKO
  6. Queensland OLEGA (claimed by both OUR party and RDP-SI): came 4th out of 7 in 2006 with 11.1% of the vote
  7. Ninamo OTUANA

North Vella La Vella

  1. Pye Robert KUVE (RDP-SI): came 4th out of 6 in 2006 with 12.2%
  2. Milner TOZAKA*: outgoing Minister for Public Service and MP (2006-10), former diplomat and High Commissioner to Australia, won in 2006 with 26.7% of vote (the winning margin was just two votes), husband of fellow candidate Jane Tozaka (Hograno/Kia/Havulei)
  3. Alistair Pore Bangara PAEKERA
  4. Gwen Abana JITUKALO
  5. Maleli ZALAO
  6. Casper DORAUVO

South Vella La Vella

  1. Trevor OLAVAE*: outgoing MP (2001-2010), won in 2006 with 57.5% of the vote
  2. Roland MAE
  3. Jenning MOVOBULE
  4. Kelly LEVI
  5. Lional ALEX
  6. Milton B SIBISOPERE: general manager, Soltai, husband of fellow candidate Gloria Sibisopere (West New George and Vona Vona)

Gizo/Kolombangara

  1. Mark KALE
  2. Kenneth Bule HITE (OUR party)
  3. Gordon Darcy LILO (SIPRA): outgoing MP (1997-2010), former Minister of Finance (2006-07) and Minister for the Environment (2008-09), , one of five ministers sacked by PM Sikua in April following the failure of the political parties integrity bill, won in 2006 with 46.1% of the vote
  4. Ernest Kenji SATO
  5. Kimoe TOMA
  6. Warren Paia ALEBULE: came 6th out of 7 in West New Georgia/Vona Vona in 2006 (at the time, Paia was an active member of the Nasnol Party)
  7. Ian Roni GINA
  8. George TATAIO
  9. Reuben Laity LILO: former Premier, Western Province (mid-2000s), came 3rd in Ranongga/Simbo with 22.5% of the vote
  10. Robin MESEPITU: came 2nd in South Vella La Vella in 2006 with 32.1% of the vote
  11. Jackson PIASI: former MP (1989-2001), came 4th in 2006 with 10.4% of the vote
  12. Daniel KENNEDY (People’s Congress Party): businessman, owner of Dive Gizo, former member and Minister in the Western Provincial Assembly
  13. Mockson AARON (RDP-SI)
  14. Ishmelly Kevu: (Note: Kelly’s name was omitted from the final list of candidates published by the SI Electoral Commission. The Commission subsequently issued a public correction and apology, 20/07/10).

North New Georgia

  1. Job Dudley TAUSINGA (SIPRA): the longest-serving MP since independence (along with retiring MP, David Sitai), Tausinga was first elected to parliament in 1984 and is now running for his 7th consecutive term in office, he was uncontested in 2006
  2. Dewin ALICK
  3. Nautali TONGARUTU: private lawyer, former acting Attorney General during the GCCG-Sogavare administration, sister of fellow candidates Nairie Alamu (South New Georgia/Rendova/Tetepari) and Joseph Douglas (West New Georgia ā€“ Vona Vona), came 5th out of 7 in West New Georgia/Vona Vona in 2006 with 6.8% of the vote

South New Georgia/Rendova/Tetepari

  1. Elijah R HOE
  2. Francis John ZAMA*: outgoing MP (2001-10), former Finance Minister (2003-05, Nov 2007), won in 2006 with 40.5% of the vote
  3. Danny PHILIP (leader, RDP-SI): former MP (1984-2001), came 2nd in 2006 with 38.1% of the vote, Minister for Forests (c.1998, Alebua government), Deputy PM (c.1989-90, Mamaloni government), Deputy PM (c.1994-96, Mamaloni government) and Minister for Foreign Affairs (2000-01, Sogavare government)
  4. Doreen LINGA: communications officer, WWF
  5. Aberi TAMANA
  6. Simba PAZA
  7. Nairie ALAMU (SIPRA): permanent secretary, Ministry of Communication and Aviation, sister of fellow candidates Nuatali Tongarutu (North New Georgia) and Joseph Douglas (West New Georgia ā€“ Vona Vona)
  8. David Lani GINA

Marovo

  1. Hellen Saera HILLI (People’s Congress Party)
  2. Atabani TAHU
  3. Edward TOKURU
  4. Undikolo PELOBULE
  5. Rev Philemon RITI (RDP-SI): former general secretary, Solomon Islands Christian Association, nominated as a candidate for Governor General in 2009, interviewed on Radio Australia, 25/03/10
  6. Snyder RINI*: outgoing MP (1997-2010), former PM (April 2006) and Finance Minister (2008-10, 2002-03), won in 2006 with 28.7% of the vote, one of five ministers sacked by PM Sikua in April following the failure of the political parties integrity bill
  7. Denton Dina BENNIE
  8. Eric HIVAE
  9. Ivan Keroko NGAI (OUR party)
  10. Reuben LORE: came 4th out of 7 in 2006 with 8.7% of the vote
  11. Spama Runialo SIALO (SIPRA): came 6th out of 7 with 5.0% of the vote
  12. Silas Millar MILIKADA: logger and businessman, outgoing MP for East Honiara (2008-10), won the East Honiara by-election held on 25/10/08 that was contested by 26 candidates (Milikada received twice the vote of his nearest rival)
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One Response to “2010 election – Western”

  1. karam c ramrakha Says:

    Could I please have Reverend Milton Talasasa postal address as I have some photographs to send to him .. I met some Munda people in Nadi Airport and have lost their address

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