22 Feb 2010

17 new constituencies too costly for Solomon's government

6:02 am on 22 February 2010

The recommendation by the Solomon Islands Boundaries Commission to have 17 new constituencies will be too costly tot he government.

A financial assessment carried out by the Ministry of Finance has found that it will cost the government a extra 5 point seven million US dollars per year to fund the new M-Ps.

The recommendation is to be tabled in the upcoming sitting of the Solomon Island's National Parliament and has already been tabled in cabinet.

The Solomon Islands constitution mandates a review of the boundaries every ten years.