By Mike Puia
ONE of the five candidates contesting the Gizo-Kolombangara Constituency by-election, Peter Soqoilo, says transparency and accountability would be his priority once voted in.
Soqoilo, who has wealth of experience in accounting, uttered this statement when launching his campaign in Gizo yesterday.
The campaign launching was planned to start with a parade through Gizo town. Since there was no clearance issued by the province, supporters proceeded with the program without the parade.
The theme of Soqoilo’s campaign is “Growth for all”.
He told those who witnessed the launch that he stands before them to declare his candidacy but soon during his campaign proper, he will detail what he stands for.
Soqoilo briefly outlined areas he will focus on if he wins the by-election.
He said tourism is a key sector he would focus on as part of his plans to boost the province’s productive sector saying it is important for the national and provincial government revenue collection.
Soqoilo said he looks to support churches, chiefs and elders in communities and to support women and youth activities.
On governance structure, Soqoilo said transparency and accountability are his strength.
“Having experience in accounting, I can look up reports and tell my people how much money the government allocated to us and where the money goes,” Soqoilo said.
He said he is prepared to be fully accountable to the people of the constituency.
Soqoilo graduated with accounting at the Solomon Islands College of Higher Education (SICHE) – now Solomon Islands National University (SINU).
He has work experience in the field of accounting having worked for the Solomon Islands Plantation Limited (SIPL) and Solomon Tobacco.
Soqoilo was a senior accounting staff of the Solomon Airlines. He resigned from his lucrative job to contest the seat, a move highly commended by supporters.
The Gizo-Kolombangara seat has been left vacant since last November after the High Court disqualified the sitting Member of Parliament, Jimson Tanangada.
Gizo-Kolombangara constituents will go to the polls to elect their new MP on May 23.