Call for ward 12 by-election

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BY LYNTON AARON FILIA

RESIDENTS of Ward 12 in East Honiara are calling on responsible authorities to explain the by-election which has been promised them two years ago.

Outspoken Chief for Borderline Community, Mr Steven Firibae calls on the Honiara City Council and Ministry of Home Affairs to speed up the by-election because, he says, social and development issues are increasing in ward 12.

He said Ward 12 since the death of late Mr Richard Safue has been neglected and forgotten.

“Our rights has been neglected that the HCC and Ministry responsible are not taking into consideration.

“Now ward 12, there is rubbish everywhere, deteriorating roads, and social issues are increasing which affects their accessibility to health and educational services.

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“We are tax payers and we need services, at the moment there is no service from the HCC and we are not enjoying the services HCC should provide to us.”

Firibae said ward 12 in east Honiara has a population of around 20,000 and they want a leader to represent them at the local government to channel their voices and concerns.

Meanwhile, HCC said it has no budget allocation for any by-election this year, and its financial year budget for 2018 has already been passed.

A HCC Officer tells Island Sun that the Division responsible had advised HCC’s financial department regarding the by-election issue since 2016, but nothing fruitful has come of it.

At the moment, Ministry of Home Affairs will not support because $150,000 had already been sent to HCC in 2016 for the by-election.

Now the responsibility is given to HCC to face every cost related to the by-election, the HCC Officer explained.

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