In Solomon Islands, government defends planned extension of parliament's term as constitutional
By 17 March
Parliament of Solomon Islands (photo credit: Solomon Times)
The Government has defended its plan to extend the life of this Parliament from four to five years.
In a Government press conference today, Special Secretary to Prime Minister Albert Kabui says this is constitutional as provided for in the Constitution.
He says, the plan was made as manpower, resources and logistics would be stretched if two major events, the National General Election and the Pacific Games 2023 are to be held in the same year, 2023. [...] He says voter registration of voters itself is a big exercise that needs time.
“The thinking here is for the Parliament to extend the life of Parliament by one year – that can be either by a Sunset Clause in the Constitution or permanent,” the Prime Minister’s Special Secretary says. [...] Opposition leader Matthew Wale said extending the life of parliament is unconstitutional and self-serving because there is no consultation with people – the electorate.
Read the full article here: Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation