BY ALFRED PAGEPITU
THE 26 elected provincial members (MPA) of the Western province assembly will take their oath in Gizo on Monday, June 25.
Provincial Clerk to the Assembly Mr Kevin Paia in an interview yesterday, said the MPAs will take their oath at the provincial headquarter conference room.
He adds that the next day, Tuesday June 26, nominations for the speaker of assembly will open at 9am, to be closed on Thursday June 28, at 4pm.
“The speaker must be a registered voter, ordinary resident in a ward of the province and not a member of the Assembly or the National Parliament.
“Nomination must be in writing, signed by two members and personally given to the Clerk during the nomination period and the candidate shall sign the nomination form to indicate acceptance of the nomination,” said Paia.
Paia added that no member may nominate more than one candidate for speaker or deputy speaker.
He said the newly elected speaker will be officially announced on Friday, June 29.
Paia explained that general public as required by standing order will see the final nomination list at the provincial sign board on Thursday, June 28.
He calls on the public to respect the outcome of the results for both speaker and Premier.