BY ALFRED PAGEPITU
MPA for Western province’s Ward 18 South Rendova George Solingi Lilo has proposed that MPAs, ward and electorate allowances be paid from the provincial fund.
Lilo spoke during the province’s Sine Die on Wednesday that an outdated motion under Standing Order 239 resolved that the Western Provincial Assembly allocates in its Annual Budget Estimates the provisions for MPAs Ward/Electorate allowances of $20,000 per ward to be paid from the provincial fund.
He said that as per section 34 of the PGA 1997 the amount may vary annually subject to a review report by the assembly office.
Lilo, who is a former premier, said, “This would allow our elected members to access equipment and accessories, together with related stationeries’ to perform their duties effectively and efficiently.
“This would be complimented by a policy guideline to ensure the facility is managed properly.
“This motion is forwarded looking and it is not only intended for those of us present here, today, but for those who are yet to come.”
Lilo explained that it is for the government and people of Western province now and the years to come.
He said that this should improve elected members’ competence to be able to respond to the growing demands of electorates’ aspirations and thereby promote good governance and accountability.
Lilo believes only those who know they would not retain their seat would object and oppose this motion.
A good number of MPAs have contributed at the Sine Die, and the motion of adjournment will continue today.
The current Assembly is being held at the Women Resource Centre and is expected to conclude the final sitting under Premier Wayne Maepioh’s capacity.