12 Aug 2008

Solomons Governor General announces by-election date

10:28 am on 12 August 2008

Solomon Islands Governor-General Sir Nathaniel Waena has appointed September 23rd as the date for National Parliament by-elections in the Lau/Mbaelelea and East Honiara Electoral Constituencies.

The SIBC reports that the declaration of the date of election means that nomination of candidates in the two constituencies will open on Tuesday.

Nomination of candidates will close on the 26th of this month, while the last day of withdrawal of candidature will be 29th this month.

A bye-election is being held in the Lau-Mbaelelea Constituency following the death last year of the late Samuel Bentley Ragosomani.

Meanwhile, the East Honiara Constituency bye-election comes following the automatic disqualification of incumbent, Charles Dausabea.

The court had sentenced Dausabea to prison on charges of conversion of funds in 2001.