Posts Tagged ‘Solomon Islands’

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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Solomons political parties

July 24, 2010

This post records all of the parties contesting the 2010 elections in Solomon Islands. I have previously posted on the proliferation of new political parties on 15 February, 13 March and 17 April. Rather than posting more updates, I will keep updating this post at least until election day (August 4). I will make a note of the date of when the post was most recently updated.

There are at least 19 parties that I’m aware of contesting the 2010 election, which is almost certainly a record. In a 2006 article, political analyst Sam Alasia (who is also a candidate in this election), reported that 16 parties contested the 2006 elections, up from 10 and 9 in the previous two elections (Alasia 2006, “Rainbows across the mountains: the first post-RAMSI general election, p.122).

Of the 19 parties, 12 have been established in the last six months. As with previous elections, it seems likely that several will not achieve any parliamentary representation and will dissolve shortly after August 4. In some cases, it seems that parties are established to promote a single candidacy, or to give extra profile to a small number of candidates.

Possible Prime Ministerial candidates

The main purpose of several of the larger parties seems to be to give profile to potential prime ministerial candidates, and also to help those candidates build a solid bloc of votes to help in the negotiations following an election. Several parties have already flagged their intentions to seek to lead the next government. Here is my list of possible prime ministerial candidates, assuming that they first win election to parliament:

  • Manasseh Sogavare (OUR Party)
  • Fred Fono (People’s Congress Party)
  • Danny Philip (Rural Development Party, RDP-SI)
  • Gordon Darcy Lilo (SI Party for Rural Advancement, SIPRA)
  • Possibly Matthew Wale or Steve Abana from the Democratic Party (SIDP)
  • Possibly Allan Kemakeza from the People’s Alliance Party (PAP)

Political Parties – the list

  1. People’s Alliance Party (PAP), est. 1979, led by James Mekab (president) and Allan Kemakeza (party spokesperson)
  2. Association of Independent Members (AIM), est. c.2001, Snyder Rini, Tommy Chan (president)
  3. Ownership, Unity and Responsibility (OUR) party, founded in 2010 by former Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare with 7-8 other outgoing MPs
  4. Solomon Islands Democratic Party (SIDP), est. 2006, led by Matthew Wale and Steve Abana
  5. Solomon Islands Party for Rural Advancement (SIPRA), est. 2006, led by Gordon Darcy Lilo and Job Dudley Tausinga
  6. Reform and Democratic Party of Solomon Islands (RDP-SI), founded in 2010 by former MP and minister Danny Philip
  7. Liberal Party, est. 1988, led by Dr Derek Sikua, or possibly Richard Ulufa’alu (leadership in dispute)
  8. Nasnol Pati, est. c.1997, led by Francis Billy Hilly
  9. Solomon Islands People’s Congress Party, founded in 2010 by outgoing Deputy PM, Fred Fono.
  10. Rural and Urban Political Party (RUPP), co-founded in 2010 by outgoing MPs Samuel Manetoali (party president) and Trevor Olavae
  11. People’s Federation
    Party (PFP), founded in 2010 by former foreign affairs officer Rudolf Henry Dorah (secretary general) and outgoing MP Clay Forau Soalaoi (chair)
  12. Solomon Islands United Party (SIUP), now led by interim president Joel Konofilia
  13. Direct Development Party, founded in 2010 by former SICHE Director, Dick Ha’amori, and journalist and former MP, Alfred Sasako
  14. New Nations Solomon Islands Party (NNSIP), founded in 2010 by businessman Belani Tekulu
  15. Rural Congress People’s Party, founded in 2010 by Rev. Milton Talasasa
  16. Autonomous Solomon Islanders Party (ASIP), co-founded in 2010 by former politicians Jackson Sunaone and Denis Lulei
  17. Twelve Pillars to Peace and Prosperity Party (TP4), founded in 2010 by Delmah Nori (interim president)
  18. People’s Power Action Party, founded in 2010 by Robert Wales Feratelia, former Honiara Lord Mayor
  19. Christian Progressive Party (CPP)

Details on each party are set out below …

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2010 election – Western

July 23, 2010

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

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2010 election – Guadalcanal

July 23, 2010

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

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2010 election – Ren-Bell

July 20, 2010

There are 8 candidates contesting the seat of Rennell Bellona, unchanged from 2006. The tables below provide some statistics on the seat of Rennell Bellona in recent elections. Below that is a list of the candidates (source: Electoral Commission, published on the TARD blogsite and in Excel format 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, Rennell Bellona province

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

8

2006

8

0/1

3,155

1,717

54.4%

2001

7

0/1

?

1,878

?

1997

?

?

?

?

?

1993

3

1/1

2,039

1,201

58.9%

Table 2: Candidates per constituency, Rennell Bellona province

Constituency

2010

2006

2001

1997

1993

Rennell Bellona

8

8

7

?

3

Rennell Bellona

  1. Clive Sunga Tuimaka
  2. Charlie Tango: came 2nd in 2006 with 17.9% of the vote
  3. Seth Gukuna: outgoing Minister and MP(2006-10), won in 2006 with 25.2% of the vote
  4. David Puia Tuhanuku: Deputy Executive Secretary of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, former union leader (SINUW), former Director of the Public Service Reform Program, came 3rd in West Honiara in 2006 with 10.6% of the vote
  5. Nollan Teika (SIPRA)
  6. Jay P.S. Kabei: current president of the Solomon Islands Rugby Federation
  7. Tmothy Johnston (SIDP): current Premier, Rennell Bellona Province
  8. Collin S. Tesuatai

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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2010 election – Makira

July 16, 2010

There are 59 candidates contesting the four Makira seats, a big increase on the 47 contestants in 2006. The biggest increase is in East Makira (14, up from 9 in 2006), which has been vacated by retiring MP, David Sitai. The number of contestants has also increased in both Central Makira (16, up from 12) and Ulawa/Ugi (14, up from 11). West Makira was the most heavily contested in 2006 and it remains heavily contested in 2010 – once again, 15 candidates will be fighting it out.

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

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

59

2006

47

3/4

20,778

14,539

70.0%

2001

26

2/4

?

13,548

?

1997

?

?

?

?

?

1993

17

3/4

11,206

6,055

54.0%

Table 2: Candidates per constituency, Makira province

Constituency

2010

2006

2001

1997

1993

Central Makira

16

12

10

?

8

East Makira

14

9

8

?

6

Ulawa/Ugi

14

11

3

?

2

West Makira

15

15

5

?

1

Total

59

47

26

?

17

Central Makira

There are 16 candidates, compared to 12 in 2006, 10 in 2001 and 8 in 1993.

  1. Romano Tarohania (PCP)
  2. Vkey Mansugu (possibly SIPRA)
  3. Nestor Ghiro
  4. Rev’d Joseph Tamatara (or Tamuatara, RDP-SI)
  5. Henry Hagawusia
  6. Hypolite Taremae
  7. Paul Watoto
  8. Jack Faga: former magistrate
  9. Nesta Marahora (possibly SIPRA): current member of the Makira Ulawa provincial assembly (ward 10)
  10. Fox Qwaina: former Principal, Waimapuru National High School
  11. Alfred Wote
  12. Fredson Fenua: came 5th out of 12 in 2006 with 9.1% of the vote
  13. Aaron Koroa
  14. Bernard Ghiro (OUR party): outgoing MP (2001-10), won in 2006 with 27.3% of the vote
  15. Thomas Nukuafi
  16. Edmund Mehare

Ulawa/Ugi

There are 14 candidates, compared to 11 in 2006, 3 in 2001 and 2 in 1993.

  1. Carl Warren Beloen: owner of dreamtime shipping & club, Australian descent
  2. Ashley Rohorua
  3. Nathaniel Waena (Nasnol Pati): former Governor General (2004-09), former MP (1987-2004)
  4. Fox Sumaheniau
  5. Augustine Waetara
  6. Noel Mamau
  7. Meffrey (or Miefery) Awao: came 5th out of 11 in 2006 with 8.1% of the vote
  8. Michael Ramsi Poki (OUR party)
  9. Henry Marau (RDP-SI)
  10. James Tora: outgoing Minister for Police and MP (2004-2010), won in 2006 with 22.4% of the vote
  11. Wilfred Robertson Natei: former administration manager, Our Telekom
  12. Joseph Hary Maka’a
  13. Rafael Oli
  14. Peter Titiulu (SIPRA)

West Makira

There are 15 candidates, compared to 15 in 2006, 5 in 2001 and 1 (Solomon Mamaloni) in 1993.

  1. Golden Kiloko (RDP-SI)
  2. Edmond Dangi
  3. Nelson Nausi
  4. Jimmy Hanson Riunga
  5. Alick Dangi
  6. Daniel Dautaha
  7. Dick Ha’amori (leader, Direct Development Party): former Director of SICHE, came 5th out of 15 in 2006 with 7.7% of the vote
  8. James Morea
  9. Jackson Sunaone (co-founder, ASIP): former MP (2000-01), brother of former Prime Minister the late Solomon Mamaloni, came 2nd in 2006 with 19.1% of the vote
  10. Peter Trena Rarahabura (SIPRA)
  11. Jackson Raeri
  12. John Mepuke Taaru
  13. Japhet Waipora (OUR party): outgoing MP (2006-10, also previously member for Central Makira, 1997-2001), won in 2006 with 19.7% of the vote
  14. Richard Taro
  15. Paul Marita

East Makira

There are 14 candidates, compared to 9 in 2006, 8 in 2001 and 6 in 1993. This seat is vacant following the retirement of long-serving MP, David Sitai.

  1. Warren Tereqoroa: came 6th out of 9 in 2006 with 6.6% of the vote
  2. Martin Karani: former chief electoral officer, former member (North Star Harbour ward) and Minister of the Makira-Ulawa Provincial Assembly, charged with corruption in 2005 (RNZI, 27/11/05) for granting a government contract to his own shipping company, found guilty and sentenced to eight months jail by the Honiara Magistrates Court in March 2009 (Solomon Times, 03/09),  subsequently forfeited his provincial seat
  3. Henry Siake Kuata
  4. Otto Mafuara Kuper: former accountant, Solomon Airlines
  5. Nathaniel Peter Wakaa
  6. Stevenson Piringisau: former Premier, Makira-Ulawa Province
  7. Daniel Wagatora
  8. Stanley Stafford Siapu (RUPP): came 8th out of 9 in 2006 with 4.1% of the vote
  9. Henry Jack Kuata Sitai (RDP-SI)
  10. Thomas Bea
  11. Fred Pagewa Fanua: came 3rd in 2006 with 11.8% of the vote (and 2nd in 2001)
  12. Nicholas K Gapiara
  13. Alfred Ghiro (SIDP): came 2nd in 2006 with 23.1% of the vote
  14. John Mamate (or Mamafe, OUR party)

2010 election – Choiseul

July 15, 2010

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

2010 election – Central

July 15, 2010

There are 18 candidates contesting the two Central seats, a small decrease from the 21 contestants in 2006. Ngella remains the more hotly contested seat (12 candidates, down from 13 in 2006) whilst the incumbent and former PM Allan Kemakeza faces just five opponents (there were 8 candidates in 2006).

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

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2010 election – Temotu

July 15, 2010

There are 40 candidates contesting the three Temotu seats, a big increase from the 22 contestants in 2006. Both Temotu Pele (13 candidates, up from 6 in 2006) and Temotu Vatud (19 candidates, up from 8 in 2006) are very heavily contested. By contrast, veteran politician Patteson Oti will once again face 7 other contestants in Temotu Nende as he attempts to win his fourth term in parliament.

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

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2010 election – Isabel

July 15, 2010

There are 27 candidates contesting the three Isabel seats in 2010, down from the 34 contestants in 2006. The fall in candidates is entirely due to Gao/Bugotu, which was very hotly contested in 2006 but is less so this time around (7 candidates, down from 15 in 2006). The two other constituencies – Hograno/Kia/Havulei and Maringe/Kokota – have roughly the same number of candidates as the previous election.

The two tables below provide some statistics on the Isabel seats in recent elections. Below that is a list of the candidates in each constituency (source: Electoral Commission, published in the Island Sun, 12 July, also published on the Toabaita Authority for 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.)

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2010 election – Honiara

July 14, 2010

There are 41 candidates contesting the three Honiara seats in 2010, almost equalling the 43 contestants in 2006 (Solomon Star, 9 July). This time around, however, it is Central Honiara that is very hotly contested (23 candidates, up from 13 in 2006) whilst East Honiara has 12 candidates (down from 20) and West Honiara has just 6 (down from 10).

The table below provides some statistics on the Honiara seats in recent elections. Below that is a partial list of the candidates in each constituency (source: Electoral Commission, published in the Island Sun, 12 July, also published on the Toabaita Authority for 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.)

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2010 election – female candidates

July 14, 2010

At least 22 women will contest the August election. There were 26 female candidates in 2006 – a record number, although none were successful in winning a seat (see my earlier post on women in Solomons politics.)

Here is the list of female candidates for the upcoming election along with a few details about their careers, qualifications and party affiliations. The original sources for this list were two reports in the Solomon Star on 8 July (which claims to list 18 female candidates but in fact only lists 16) and 12 July.

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The Billy Hilly govt (1993-94)

May 23, 2010

This post is the continuation of a profile of Francis Billy Hilly (the current Finance Minister and former Prime Minister). In my earlier post, I summarised his early political career from 1976-84 and the nine subsequent years he spent away from national politics.

This post discusses his return to parliament in the 1993 election, his subsequent appointment as Prime Minister, the policies his government pursued and finally the constitutional crisis in October 1994 that preceded Billy Hilly’s downfall.

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Finance Ministers of Solomon Islands

May 20, 2010

Snyder Rini, Finance Minister 2001-02, 2002-03 & 2007-10

With the recent dismissal of Snyder Rini as Finance Minister and his replacement by Francis Billy Hilly, I thought it would be interesting to try to list the Finance Ministers of Solomons.

After a bit of digging, I have found at least 23 appointments as Finance Minister from Wille Betu’s appointment in 1975 up until Billy Hilly’s appointment in 2010 – see the full list below.

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Election petitions

May 15, 2010

This post looks at election petitions that have been lodged by losing candidates following a general election or, occasionally, a by-election. I ran a search on ‘election petitions’ on the Pacific Islands Legal Information Institute (PacLII) database for Solomon Islands and found court decisions for 31 petitions of national elections. I’m not certain that I’ve got a complete set but it is at least an interesting sample, available as a Word doc here.

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By-election data – updated

May 15, 2010

In an earlier post, I provided a list of all the by-elections and parliamentary vacancies in Solomons between 1973 and 2010. The list was only to the best of my knowledge at the time and I have since updated it slightly, so I have posted revised data in a Word doc here.

In summary (to the best of my knowledge):

  • There have been 31 parliamentary vacancies since 1973 (26 since independence).
  • Of these vacancies, 14 (45%) have occurred in the last two terms of parliament.
  • The main causes of vacancies are death (8), resignation (8), jail (6) and election petition (3).
  • These vacancies have resulted in 26 by-elections since 1973 (21 since independence). In the remaining cases, the seat has remained vacant until the following election.

Profile – Francis Billy Hilly

May 3, 2010

Francis Billy Hilly

In the lead-up to the election, I thought it would be interesting to write profiles for some prominent MPs or candidates. I’ve decided to start with a former Prime Minister and the newly appointed Minister for Finance, Francis Billy Hilly. He’s had a long career, so I’ve split write-up into two posts. This first post covers his early political career and along the way, discusses the ‘Western breakaway movement of the late 1970s and also the downfall of the Kenilorea government in 1981.

Note: the second post, recounting Billy Hilly’s reign as PM, is now available here.

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Election date: (NOT) 29 July

April 27, 2010

Update (26/05/2010): the Solomon Star reports that PM Sikua told a group of university students in PNG that the election will be held on Wednesday, 4 August. In so doing, I suspect he has accidentally pre-empted the Governor General, who would ordinarily announce the date. Clearly my previous post (below) was incorrect but I’m pretty sure this is because the government changed its mind sometime in the last few weeks.

Original post: The 8th national election in Solomon Islands since independence will be held on Thursday 29 July, according to a report by Alfred Sasako in Monday’s Solomon Star and also according to separate, well-placed gossip gathered by yours truly in Port Moresby. (Dammit, if Sasako hadn’t got there first, I could’ve had my first scoop!)

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