16 Jul 2009

Solomons PM tables bill proposing MP number increase

11:23 am on 16 July 2009

The Solomon Islands could see a rise in the number of seats in the national parliament from the current fifty to seventy next year.

Prime Minister Derek Sikua has tabled a Constitutional Amendment Bill which proposes the seats increase, following the receipt of submissions from six of the country's nine provinces.

Dr Sikua says Western, Central Islands, Rennell-Bellona, Makira, Isabel and Tempotu province all support the proposal for more seats which would mean an increase in the number of constituencies.

He says the submissions show a desire for splitting current larger constituencies to cater for the rising population and spread of different language groups across the island group.

Other provinces are yet to provide their submissions.