Nine intending candidates nominated for North Malaita Constituency
It has been confirmed that nine intending candidates were nominated to contest the North Malaita Constituency seat come August 4th. They are:
1. Moffat Konofilia
2. Daniel Enele Kwanairara (outgoing MP)
3. Rev Michael Maeliau
4. Leslie Kwaiga
5. Jimmy Lusibaea
6. Bishop Raymond Aumae
7. Lawrence Foanaota
8. Marlon Suilifia
9. George Dingariko Senisi
North New Georgia
Meanwhile, SIBC reported that out-going member of Parliament for North New Georgia in the Western Province, Job Duddley Tausinga, is contesting a Parliament seat for the seventh time.
He is expected to be challenged by only one candidate for the North New Georgia seat, which is likely to be an easy battle for Tausinga.
Election Manager Western Province, Dalcy Sito says up to five o'clock Thursday evening, she had received a total of 69 candidates contesting Western Province's nine seats. Among the 69 candidates are four women.
In other related news, a total of 40 candidates have been nominated to contest the three parliamentary seats for Temotu province.
Election Manager for Temotu, Luke Paul Taula told SIBC News that Temotu VATUD constituency received the highest number of nominations - 19 in all, followed by Temotu Pele which has 13 nominations. Eight candidates were being nominated for Temotu Nende.
Mr Taula says all three constituencies have no woman candidate, but all three former MPs are to re-contest their seats.
Central Islands Province
A total of 18 candidates are to contest the two parliamentary seats for Central Islands province.
Ngella constituency received 12 nominations, whilst 6 candidates will be contesting for the the Savo-Russell seat.
Election Manager for Central province, Baddley Niavani says only one woman candidate has been nominated for the Ngella constituency.
Niavani says both former MPs - Sir Allan Kemakeza and his brother Mark Kemakeza are re-contesting their MP seats.
He says the Electoral Commission through the office of Attorney General has given advice that Mark Kemakeza is eligible to contest his Ngella constituency despite having faced corruption charges in the Honiara Magistrates Court.
Niavani says the advice was that Mr Kemakeza is innocent until proven guilty - and is free to contest the election.