BY ALFRED PAGEPITU
WESTERN province will next week decide on who will lead the province as Premier.
Nominations for candidates will open at 8am Friday June 29 and close at 4pm on Monday July 2.
Election of a new premier will take place on Tuesday, July 3.
Clerk to Provincial Assembly, Kevin Paia, in an interview yesterday, said the newly elected speaker of the provincial assembly should be declared on Friday, and the speaker will officially open nominations for the premier’s post.
“If we receive more than one nomination, we will have to do a round robin vote, but if only one candidate is nominated, then we will convene to declare the new Premier of Western Province,” Paia explains.
Meanwhile, four MPAs are rumoured to be eying the premier post; Lepese Paul MPA for ward 10 Irigila, Ramrakha Akuila Talasasa MPA for Nusa Roviana Ward 16, David Gina MPA for ward 15 and George Solingi Lilo MPA for Ward 18 South Rendova.