Username Password
PINA
$4.5million for by-election in Solomon Islands
6:50 pm GMT+12, 19/02/2020, Solomon Islands

The Solomon Islands Electoral Commission (SIEC) has confirmed they have approved a budget of $4.5 million (U$546,000) for the by-election in 2020.
 
This was confirmed to this paper by Electoral Commissioner and Chief Electoral Officer Mose Saitala on Wednesday.
 
“Yes, we have a budget for by-election 2020 approved by the National Parliament,” Saitala added.
 
When asked about how much it will cost to hold a by-election, Saitala told the Solomon Star the average cost of conducting a by-election is around $1.5 million (US$182,000) for one constituency.
 
“We are now making plans and preparation to conduct the two by-elections in the next few months,” he added.
 
Solomon Star understands the North East Guadalcanal Constituency and Central Honiara are currently without any member of Parliament.
 
Both former MPs Jamie Vokia and Moffat Fugui lost their parliamentary seat in an election petition last week.
 
It is understood that the High Court is yet to decide on the 18 election petition cases which will force the Electoral Commission to seek additional funds if more MPs are to lose their seats.

SOURCE: SOLOMON STAR/PACNEWS


News feature
There are no related media to this article.
Pacific Islands News Association
Who & What is PINA?
Membership
Member Countries
Media Freedom
Training
PINA Convention
Awards
Contact
Gallery
Forum
Events
Jobs
Classifieds
PACNEWS
Home
Regional
Feature
Business
Sports
Archives
Partners
Communications Initiative
International News Safety Institute (INSI)
UNDP PC
AusAID
NZAID
SPREP
ONOC
UNAIDS
Media Helping Media
Partners
PIFS
SPC
IFEX
UNESCO
AIBD
GFMD
SEAPA
WPFC
IFJ