THE Media Association of Solomon Islands (MASI) successfully elected its new president, vice president and two new board members on Sunday.
Charles Kadamana, Solomon Star’s photographer was re-elected as the new president and Douglas Marau, Press Secretary to the Prime Minister stood unopposed as Vice-President.
Mike Puia, Island Sun Senior Reporter and Leni Dalavera SIBC News and Current Affairs Manager were voted in as the two new board members.
The re-election of the president and vice president positions was a decision made to ensure that MASI respects and adhere to the election processes as stipulated in its constitution which the previous election unfortunately did not fulfill.
Following the nominations, both the president and vice president were unopposed automatically qualifying them for the two top positions.
“I wish to thank those who have nominated me for the position again, and the outcome of today showed your continued trust and believe in me to lead this organisation,” said the re-elected president, Kadamana during his emotional victory speech.
“Members I can assure you again that I will continue to give my outmost best in leading this organization in the next two years and together we will achieve the ultimate goal of MASI to strengthen media capabilities and independence.”
Meanwhile, Vice-President Mr Douglas Marau who was also the former vice president of MASI during the establishment of the secretariat and board last year also acknowledged the confidence given to him by members to help lead MASI.
“I encourage all of us to work together and support the new MASI leadership and the executive. We have a lot of work to do,” he said.
Mr Marau said he is looking forward to once again contribute to the development of MASI.
Mr Puia also echoed similar sentiments describing his election to the board as an opportunity for him to utilise his knowledge and experience in providing the necessary guidance to MASI.
More than 30 members of MASI attended the SGM for the elections. The new board commence their duty as of July 30.