PM suggests review of Constituency boundaries

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PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare says there is a need to review the Constituency Boundaries as some provinces like Malaita and Guadalcanal are very big.

Sogavare revealed this when asked by Opposition Leader, Mathew Wale during the Committee Supply of the $4 billion budget in Parliament yesterday.

He said government is looking forward to the matter.

“It is a hot issue on the plate which we need to advance,” he said.

According to the Electoral Commission, the Solomon Islands Parliament consists of 50 members, directly elected from single-member constituencies on the basis of the first-past-the-post system. The Parliamentary term is four years.

The Constitution requires that a review of constituency boundaries be conducted by the Constituency Boundaries Commission at least every 10 years.

The most recent redrawing of constituency boundaries occurred in 1997 (increasing the number of constituencies from 47 to 50).

In 2009 the Parliament rejected a recommendation from the Commission to increase the number of constituencies to 67.