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BLC TO INQUIRE INTO THE CONSTITUTION (AMENDMENT) (ELECTORAL REFORM) BILL 2018

TUESDAY 20TH FEBRUARY 2018

The Parliamentary Bills and Legislation Committee (BLC) will hold a one day hearing into the Constitution (Amendment) (Electoral Reform) Bill 2018 on Wednesday 21st February 2018.

The primary reason of the Bill is to amend the Constitution in relation to electoral matters.

The objects and reasons of the Bill are to provide an additional requirement that a candidate for election be a registered elector and to allow an Act to prescribe the term “ordinarily resident”; furthermore, to provide for a 12 month stand down period for a member of the Electoral Commission or staff to involved in the election process if he or she intends to stand as a candidate.

The Bill also caters for the increase of membership of the Electoral Commission to 5 members who will also deal with registration of political parties currently undertaken by the Political Parties Commission under the Political Parties Integrity Act 2014.

It also aimed to establish a new position of Commissioner of Elections as the administrative head of the office responsible for elections and will also act as the Registrar for Political Parties under the Political Parties Integrity Act 2014.

Stakeholders or witnesses who are expected to appear before the Bills and Legislation Committee include: the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (OPMC), Solomon Islands Electoral Commission, Ministry of Home Affairs, Legal Draftsperson, Political Parties Commission, Representatives of registered Political Parties, Transparency Solomon Islands, National Council of Women (NCW) and Forum Solomon Islands International (FSII).

The hearing is scheduled to start at 9:30am on Wednesday 21st February 2018.
Meanwhile, there are eight bills that are still before the House to consider. These include seven outstanding Bills from 2016 and 2017:

  1. The Anti-Corruption Bill 2017
  2. The Constitution (Amendment) (Dual Citizenship) Bill 2017
  3. The Citizenship Bill 2017
  4. The Strata Titles Bill 2017
  5. The Prescription of Ministers (Amendment) Bill 2017
  6. The Legal Profession Bill 2017
  7. The Whistle-blowers Protection Bill 2016; and

One new one, The Constitution (Amendment) (Electoral Reform) Bill 2018, for 2018.

The 7th meeting of the 10th Parliament will commence on Wednesday the 28th of February 2018.

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