National Parliament of Solomon Islands
  • Home

Vision: To be a modern Parliament that fulfills its constitutional duties and effectively serves the people of Solomon Islands.


PAC Inquired On Government Borrowing;Get Tested-YWPG Take The Lead;BLC Conducts Hearing On Legal Profession Bill 2017 & Prescription Of Ministers (Amendment) Bill 2017;

Parliament Adjourned to Monday 9th October 2017

National Parliament of Solomon Islands

 
About Us

Our Vision

This National Parliament of Solomon Islands Vision outlines our constant aim of where we believe the National Parliament should be in the future and all our actions and activities should be within the context of reaching this Vision. We believe that our Vision is one which all sections of society and individuals of all political persuasions can unite behind. The Vision of the National Parliament of Solomon Islands is:


To be a modern Parliament that fulfils its constitutional duties and
effectively serves the people of Solomon Islands


Our Mission

In order to work towards achieving our Vision for the legislature, we have developed a Mission Statement for the National Parliament of Solomon Islands. When developing our Mission Statement we drew on the views gathered from Members and staff within the Parliament, from the Executive, from the Judiciary as well as from other key stakeholders in society such as Civil Society Organisations, the business sector and the media.
Our Mission Statement provides the National Parliament of Solomon Islands with a starting point on the road towards realising our Vision. The Mission Statement of the National Parliament of Solomon Islands for the period 2012-2016 is:


As the democratically elected national legislature of Solomon Islands, our
mission is to ensure that Parliament exercises its legislative, oversight,
representation and outreach duties effectively and that Parliament remains
the main forum for national political debate.


Offices of the House

Office of the Speaker and Deputy Speaker

The Speaker

10th Parliament Speaker (current)

The Speaker of National Parliament,Hon. Ajilon Jasper Nasiu

The position of the Speaker of National Parliament is created under Section 64 of the Constitution of Solomon Islands. The Speaker is elected by Members of Parliament every four (4) years in accordance to Order 5 of the Standing Orders of the National Parliament of Solomon Islands. The role of the Speaker, as specified under Section 65 of the Constitution of Solomon Islands, is to preside over sittings of parliament to ensure that Members conduct themselves in accordance to the Standing Orders of National Parliament.

The Speaker for the current Parliament is Hon. Ajilon Jasper Nasiu.

The Speaker is assisted in his daily work by his Executive Personal Secretary, Mrs. Freda Rifasia.

9th Parliament Speaker (2010-2014)

The Speaker of 9th Parliament, Sir Allan Kemakeza, KBE.

The Speaker for the 9th Parliament was Sir Allan Kemakeza, KBE. Sir Allan Kemakeza was elected as Speaker of National Parliament on 8th September 2010.

The Speaker was assisted in his daily work by his Executive Personal Secretary, Mrs. Freda Rifasia.

8th Parliament: Speaker (2006-2010)

The Speaker of 8th Parliament, Rt. Hon.Sir Peter Kenilorea, KBE, PC.

The Speaker for the 8th Parliament was Rt. Hon. Sir Peter Kenilorea, KBE, PC. Sir Peter was first elected as Speaker of National Parliament on 20th December 2001. In 24th April 2006 he stood unopposed for the position and was re-elected to serve his second consecutive term as Speaker of National Parliament.

The Speaker was assisted in his daily work by his Executive Personal Secretary, Mrs. Freda Rifasia.

Deputy Speaker

The position of the Deputy Speaker of National Parliament is created under Section 64 of the Constitution of Solomon Islands. The Deputy Speaker is elected from among Members of Parliament every four (4) years. The role of the Deputy Speaker, as provided for under Section 65 of the Constitution of Solomon Islands, is to preside over sittings of parliament in the absence of the Speaker to ensure that Members conduct themselves in accordance to the Standing Orders of National Parliament.



10th Parliament: Deputy Speaker (2014-present):

  • David Day Pacha
  • Andrew Manepora


9th Parliament: Deputy Speaker (2010-2014):

  • Namson Tran
  • Job Dudley Tausinga


8th Parliament: Deputy Speaker (2006-2010):

  • Clement Kengava

Office of the Clerk and Deputy Clerk

The Clerk

10th Parliament Clerk (2015-current)

The current Clerk of Parliament is Mr. Clezy Rore.

The Duties of the Clerk of National Parliament are provided for under Order 6 of the Standing Orders of the National Parliament of Solomon Islands. The Duties of the Clerk covers a range of activities which includes keeping of the minutes of proceedings of parliament and preparing from day to day during sittings of parliament an Order Book showing all future business of which notice has been given.

7th - 10th Parliament Clerk (2001-2014)

  • Mrs. Taeasi Sanga.

The Deputy Clerk

  • Mr. David Kusilifu

Parliament Factsheets

  • FactSheet No. 1 - What is Parliament

  • FactSheet No. 2 - Lawmaking

  • FactSheet No. 3 - Committees

  • Factsheet No. 4 - Officers of the House

Historical Timeline

  • 1893 - The declaration of the British Solomon Islands Protectorate (BSIP).

  • 1921 - Advisory Council set up to administer the Protectorate.

  • 1950 - Solomon Islanders were appointed to the Advisory Council.

  • 1960 - Advisory Council changed its name to the Legislative Council.

  • 1967 - An Executive Council was formed apart from the Legislative Council, that functioned as a ‘Cabinet’.

  • 1970 - The Legislative Council and the Executive Council were both replaced by a Governing Council.

  • 1974 - Governing Council replaced by the Legislative Assembly.

  • 1976, 2 January - Solomon Islands achieved internal self-government. The Legislative Assembly had 38 members who were elected by Solomon Islanders.

  • 1978, 7 July - Solomon Islands attained Independence and the Legislative Assembly was renamed the National Parliament of Solomon Islands.

  • 1994 - The number of seats increased from 38 to 47.

  • 1997 - The number of seats increased from 47 to 50.

Basic facts about Parliament

  • Solomon Islands is a Constitutional Monarchy with the Queen as the Head of State, represented in Solomon Islands by the Governor-General.

  • The National Parliament of Solomon Islands is a Unicameral Legislature (single chamber). The National Parliament is modeled on the British Parliament, known as ’Westminster’.

  • General Elections are held every four years using the ‘first-past-the-post’ electoral system.

  • The country is divided into 50 single-member constituencies and elections are held on the basis of universal adult suffrage, i.e. anyone over the age of 18 who is not a convicted criminal can vote.

  • Anyone over the age of 21 who is a citizen of Solomon Islands can be a candidate for the elections, either as a member of a Political Party or as an Independent candidate.

  • The last election was held on Wednesday 19th November 2014 and this Parliament is the tenth since Independence.

  • From 1978 to 1994, Parliament met at the ‘Kalala House’ (now the High Court building).

  • The present Parliament building is a gift from the United States and the first meeting held in the present Chamber was on August 1994.

Officers of Parliament

    Within Parliament, there are officers who have special duties and work to make sure that Parliament runs smoothly.The Speaker controls and supervises the meetings of Parliament. He maintains order in the House and ensure that MPs act and speak according to the Standing Orders (Rules of Parliamentary Procedure). There is also Deputy Speaker who performs the role of the Speaker in his absence.The Speaker is elected by MPs from outside of Parliament (i.e. not an MP) while the Deputy Speaker is elected from among the MPs. The current Speaker is Mr Ajilon Jasper Nasiu and the Deputy Speaker is Hon. Andrew Manepora’a.

    The Clerk is responsible for providing secretarial support to Parliament and its Committees. During the meetings, the Clerk sits directly in front of the Speaker and takes notes of what is being said and advising the Speaker and MPs on particular issues. There is also a Deputy Clerk who assists in this role.

    The Serjeant-At-Arms is responsible for assisting the Speaker to ensure that rules of the Chamber are followed. The Serjeant is responsible for carrying the Mace, which is the symbol of the Speaker’s authority.

    Apart form the Officers mentioned above, Parliament has staff in different sections who perform various duties:

    The Hansard Section is responsible for recording and transcribing what is being said in Parliament.

    The Finance Section looks after all the accounts and financial matters of Members of Parliament and the Parliament.

    The Library and Information Section provides research and information services to Members.

    The Committee Secretariat is responsible for providing secretariat support to the ten (10) Standing Select Committees of Parliament.

    The Information Communications Technology (ICT) Section manages and maintains all the technology and communications of Parliament.

    The Administration and Registry section assists in managing the day-to-day administration of Parliament and also attends to the general needs and enqueries of the public regarding parliament.

    There are also the Auxiliary Staff which includes security officers, drivers, carpenters, cleaners and gardeners, who maintain the building and its surroundings.

Meetings of Parliament

Parliament usually meets on average three times a year, and the meetings usually last for 3 - 4 weeks. The meetings of Parliament are open to the public who can attend and listen to the debates and the proceedings of Parliament.



The proceedings and debates of Parliament is in the English language or in Pidgin. All the Parliamentary documents, such as Bills, motions, questions, reports are in the English language.



On average, Parliament considers thirteen (13) Bills each year. Most of the Bills brought to Parliament are proposed by the Government, but there are occasionally private member’s Bills that are brought before Parliament for consideration.



The Parliament sits only on weekdays. From Monday to Thursday, the arrangement of business is decided by the Government. On Fridays, the day is allocated for ordinary MPs and is called ‘private members day’. This day is usually utilized by the Opposition MPs.



A typical sitting day starts at 9:30 am and ends at 4:30 pm.

Google Search

Google

Events

« September 2017 »
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
Copyright 2007-2017. National Parliament of Solomon Islands