Bill to delay election set for gazette

National Parliament of Solomon Islands
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GOVERNOR General, Sir David Vunagi should assent the Constitutional Amendment Act at the Government House yesterday.

The Act is to defer the National General Elections until after the Pacific Games 2023 hosted by Solomon Islands.

Special Secretary to Prime Minister, Albert Kabui confirmed to media yesterday they are waiting for the Act to come down to Prime Minister Office to be published in the gazette.

Furthermore, Attorney General John Muria Junior said upon gazette, there is a provision in the Act for the Prime Minister to choose for it to commence.

He said when commencement is made, it will be gazetted and the Constitutional Amendment Act to be enforced.

Parliament passed the Bill on 8th September 2022 after 37 of the 49 Members of Parliament voted for the Bill in the second reading and third reading to pass the bill.

Initially, the term of the 11th Parliament commenced on 15th May 2019 and ends on 19th May 2023.

However, Parliament will dissolve on December 31st 2023.

As such, elections will be held around April 2024.