Two former Prime Ministers are amongst the 14 candidates nominated to contest the two vacant parliamentary seats in the upcoming by-election on 18 November.
They are Gordon Darcy Lilo and Dr. Derek Sikua.
Lilo will contest the Central Honiara Constituency seat while Sikua to contest North East Guadalcanal Constituency, a seat he previously held from 2006-2019.
Nomination of candidates closed yesterday.
Lilo served as Prime Minister of Solomon Islands from 2011 to 2014 and elected as MP for the Gizo-Kolombangara constituency in Western Province.
Dr. Sikua served as PM of Solomon Islands from 2007 to 2010. He was the MP for North East Guadalcanal from 2006-2019.
By-elections for both constituencies were made necessary after both former MPs, Jamie Vokia and John Moffat Fugui lost their seats after courts found them guilty of bribing voters during the 2019 National General Election.
list of candidate’s names and their party affiliation for both constituencies as follows.
Central Honiara Constituency
Name of Candidate – Political Affiliation
1. Alfred Efona – Solomon Islands United Party
2. Joseph Douglas – Independent
3. Rose Annie Anilabata – Independent
4. Michael Tofu Saru – Independent
5. Gordon Darcy Lilo – Solomon Islands Party for Rural Advancement
6. Pauline Radoe Firisua – Independent
7. Frank Aote’e – People First Party
8. Frank Sade Bilaupaine – Independent
9. Barnabas Bosokuru Henson – Independent
10. Jennifer Fugui – Independent
North East Guadalcanal Constituency
Name of candidate – Political Affiliation
1. Derek David Sikua – Solomon Islands Democratic Party
2. Ethel Lency – Independent
3. Brally Jim Tavalia – Solomon Islands United Party
4. Desmond Nimepo Norua – Independent
The above list is still subjected to candidate’s withdrawal. The last date for candidate’s withdrawal will be on Friday, 9th October, 2020.
The order in which the names appear is according to the order in which the nominations are received and does not reflect the order in which they will appear on the actual ballot paper on polling day.