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Friday, October 05, 2007

SIG Caucus Chairman says ANU survey report on RAMSI questionable

By GCU Press Release

The chairman of Government Caucus, Nelson Ne’e said the report on the survey on the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands by the Australian National University Enterprise Pty Ltd contained some illogical findings.

Mr Ne’e said the report claimed that 89 percent of Solomon Islanders wanted more women in parliament however that finding did not reflect the results of the national general elections last year where none of the record number of women contestants secured a seat in the current Parliament.

He questions how the survey interviewers came up with that figure.

Mr Ne’e said that obviously illogical finding has put the integrity of the entire survey findings under question and therefore warranted an investigation by the government.

The Caucus Chairman said furthermore the report failed to provide necessary detailed information on the age and sex brackets on the people interviewed as well as the questionnaires.

He said these information should also be published in the Survey report as these are important information that the public should also know of.

The chairman of government caucus said he was surprised that some Solomon Islanders objected to the government’s rejection of the report without giving time for some reasoning.

Finance Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo has ordered a full investigation of the involvement of the Ministry of Finance & Treasury’s Statistics Division in the design and completion of the survey.

The government was horrified to learn that more than SBD 100,000.00 had been paid directly to Statistics Division officials for providing private services to ANUTech.

Government statisticians were contracted to advise on survey design and logistics utilizing Government-owned property, information and resources.

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