26 Jul 2005

Solomons parliamentary session extended

7:08 pm on 26 July 2005

The current session of the Solomon Islands national parliament is being extended into next week to give MPs more time to consider two key pieces of legislation.

The session will now end on Tuesday next week rather Friday this week.

It comes after MPs asked for more time to debate the Foreign Investment Bill and the Electoral Provisions Amendment Bill.

The Electoral Provisions bill was to have been deferred until the next session but was tabled after what the Prime Minister, Sir Allen Kemakeza, ,called expressions of public interest.

The Prime Minister has indicated that the measure, which allows for single ballot box voting, could be introduced in time for the national elections early next year.