21 Jul 2009

Opposition in Solomon Islands calls on govt to withdraw two bills

10:59 am on 21 July 2009

The Opposition Leader in Solomon Islands, Manasseh Sogavare, is calling on the Government to withdraw the proposed Political Party Integrity Bill and its supporting Constitutional Amendment Bill.

Mr Sogavare has told the SIBC he wants the government to seek more consultations on the Bills.

Both bills are due to be tabled in parliament in its current sitting.

Mr Sogavare says the proposed legal framework to address political stability in Solomon Islands is nothing more than a legal mechanism to establish a rigid parliament that will not be subject to the principles of democracy and good governance.

He says the Bills will breed corruption, dictatorship and undue control and therefore undermines the desired objective of legislating integrity.