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OMBUDSMAN BILL PASSED

MONDAY 31 JULY 2017

Parliament passed the Ombudsman Bill on Wednesday 26th July 2017 without amendments after Parliament commenced this sixth meeting on the 24th of July 2017.

The Bill is an Act to provide for matters related to the office and powers of the Ombudsman, to repeal the Ombudsman ( Further Provisions) Act ( CAP.88), and for related purposes.

The objects of the bill are:

  1. To repeal and replace the current Ombudsman( Further Provisions) Act to give effect to the Constitutional independence and mandate of the office of the Ombudsman in an improved manner;
  2. To ensure there is continuity in the functions of the Ombudsman even in cases where the position of the Ombudsman is vacant;
  3. To ensure there is more responsiveness on the part of prescribed persons and bodies in relation to implementing the recommendations of the Ombudsman;
  4. To provide more transparency, accountability and protection from arbitrary and unfair decisions by prescribed persons or bodies against citizens and residents of Solomon Islands.

This is the first Bill to be passed in this sixth meeting of the 10th Parliament.

Meanwhile Parliament also consider a report on the ‘Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) 2003 – 2017 through a motion moved by the Prime Minister.

The report, a joint report by the Solomon Islands Government and RAMSI on the 14-year intervention was considered and passed through the committee of the whole house.

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