BY BARNABAS MANEBONA
THE Tavula ward, north east of Choiseul province is without a member of provincial assembly (MPA) since its MPA passed away last year.
And, the national ministry of provincial government (MPGIS) says it is not aware of the death of the MPA.
Rev Marshall Sanga of Vurango on behalf of locals at Northwest Choiseul question why there has been prolonging of time when they also want a chance for a by-election to have a leader.
“If there is no by-election to take place then at least we want the process of Ward Grant allocations to continue being released for Tavula through the Ward Committee to provide service,” said Mr Sanga.
Provincial Secretary (PS) of Choiseul Province Mr Jeffery Pakipota when contacted over the concern said that there has been recent registration process as provincial elections for both West and Choiseul provinces are soon to take place.
“But if there was for any by-election to take place then it would be MPGIS to deal in this area financially with resources,” said Pakipota.
In terms of ward grants, the Provincial PS said no one is stopping the Ward to apply for any area of development as the Administration can administer it for them. It is the provincial treasurer’s area to deal with such concern.
“I believe there is assistance awarded to Ward citizens given if their MPA is not present,” said Pakipota.
Ministry of Provincial Government and Institutional Strengthening (MPGIS) Permanent Secretary (PS) Mr Stanley Pirione when queried over the concern said no official report of the MPA’s passing away has been received by him, adding that the information is new.
“Maybe an official report is yet on process but I have not yet received one,” said Pirione.