Posts Tagged ‘2010 solomon island elections’

Election analysis

August 8, 2010

As at Sunday evening, I’ve cobbled together 43 results (or, in a couple of cases, ‘likely wins’) thanks to: some excellent reporting by Arekaman on the Tutuvatu public forum and by Derick Manu’ari on his blog; and regular updates by the SIBC. My list is at the bottom of this post.

Downfall of the ‘big men’, start of a new generation?

So far, the ratio of newcomers to incumbents is pretty close to 50/50. So far, so unsurprising. The big story, of course, is the fall of many high profile, long-serving MPs including former Prime Ministers Francis Billy Hilly and Allan Kemakeza, former Deputy PM Fred Fono, a couple of three-term MPs (Patteson Oti and William Haomae) and a swag of two-term MPs.

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2010 election update

July 24, 2010

With the Solomon Islands election fast approaching, this post provides an overview of my election coverage and also commentary on some of the trends and contests. (Some additional details are available in my earlier election updates from 17 April and 29 June.)

I have published the full list of candidates for each province. Several contributors have added a considerable amount to the information I had gathered – please feel free to add comments with further info. Here are the posts for each province: Malaita, Guadalcanal, Western, Makira, Honiara, Choiseul, Temotu, Isabel, Central, Rennell Bellona

I have also published two lists: the female candidates that I’m aware of and an overview of the 19 political parties contesting the 2010 election.

Another heavily contested election

A record number of 509 candidates will contest the 4 August election, up from the previous record of 453 in 2006. This equates to an average of 10.2 candidates per seat in 2010, up from 9.0 per seat in 2006. There will also be a record number of political parties – at least 19, and up from the 16 or so that contested in 2006.

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2010 election – Malaita

July 20, 2010

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

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