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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Election of new Honiara city mayor postponed following advise from AG Office

The election of the new Honiara City mayor has been postponed until next week.

This follows an advise from the Office of the Attorney General that the election be postponed as there is no provision in the Honiara City Council Act to elect a mayor after a successful motion of no confidence.

The Attorney General's Office advised that the provision in the Act only caters for the election of a mayor after an ordinary election.

The election of the Honiara should have taken place this morning after a successful motion of no confidence against the former Alfred Maetia moved last week by the Councilor for Ngosi ward Solomon Mua.

Two candidates have been nominated.

They include Andrew Mua who was nominated by Tom Lolemae Councilor for Rove Lengakiki and Jimmy Tavoa Councilor for Mbuburu ward.

The other candidate is Dwene Tigulu who was nominated by Lawrance Makili, councilor for Naha and Charles Kira for Kukum ward.

Honiara City Clerk Joseph Huta says consultations starts today with the Home Affairs minister to use his powers to hold the election.

Mr Huta says with this abnormality in the Honiara City Act, the process towards the election of the Honiara City mayor will start all over again with new nominations to be called for.

No date has been set for the election of the new City mayor.

Source: SIBC

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