4 Aug 2012

Solomon Islands Parliament has new female MP

8:38 am on 4 August 2012

In Solomon Islands, the North Malaita constituency has a new Member of Parliament, Vika Lusibaea, the second female MP to be elected into the country's parliament.

Mrs Lusibaea, originally from Fiji, is the wife of former MP Jimmy Lusibaea who lost the North Malaita seat over a jail sentence he had received during the ethnic tensions.

The Solomon Star newspaper says Mrs Lusibaea was declared unofficially by returning officer Louis Wale after the completion of counting on Friday night.

Governor General Sir Frank Kabui is expected to make the official declaration.

It was a landslide victory for Mrs Lusibaea following Wednesday's by-election.

She polled a total of 2,802 votes ahead of the second candidate Fredrick Kwanairara with 901 votes.

Meanwhile, vote counting in the East Are'Are constituency continues.

The former Minister for Communication and Aviation, Andrew Hanaria lost the East Are'Are seat last December after he lost an election petition case filed against him by losing candidates who contested the seat during the August 2010 National General Elections.