Parties can finalise their candidates


POLITICAL parties can finalise their candidates by January 30 and submit their list to the Registrar of the Political Party Commission (PPC).

Chief Electoral Commission Mose Saitala told Island Sun in light of the proclamation date of the National General Election expected to be announced by Governor General on February 5.

Mr Saitala said the political parties can finalise their candidates before the proclamation date.

“But they have to summit to the PPC then it would be the registrar to give us the confirmation of the political party candidates.

“We do not accept political parties to come direct to the electoral commission; it has to come from the commission,” he said.

He said for the independent candidates they can register with the Returning officers on the constituency they are contesting on.

Currently there are 15 registered political parties set to contest for the 2019 National Election, set for April 3 or April 10.

People Alliance Party has confirmed that it would contest after it held its convention last Saturday.

They are only waiting for the proclamation of the Election date by the Governor General.

Another Political party, Democratic Alliance Party, is set to launch its Manifesto today at the St Barnabas Cathedral.

Caretaker Prime Minister Rick Hou will deliver the keynote address before blessing of the Party Manifesto.

Recently new political party, United Party, led by Peter Kenilorea Jnr was given the registration certificates allowing them to contest for the 2019 National General election.

The party is set to hold its Convention on February 6 to finalise its Manifesto.

Other political parties are expected to come into effect when the Governor General formally announces the election date.

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