Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo says his Government wants a clean and effective election this year.
Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo made the statement when he announced NCRA’s priority areas for 2014, at a prayer breakfast in Honiara today.
Speaking to government dignitaries and guests at the breakfast this morning, Prime Minister Lilo outlined that the most obvious priority is the national general elections for this year.
“The first and the most obvious is our national general elections. This year the nation gets to vote their new members of parliament. We want to have a clean and effective election. The government has already begun the registration process, which will make it easier for honest citizens to vote, but harder for dishonest people to cheat. In the past we have seen double voting; voting using other people’s names, vote buying and other dishonest practices. That will have to stop. This year will be the year we have clean, effective, responsible and systematised voting. We look forward to having our new Members of Parliament by December this year”.
He adds the NCRA government will improve governance processes in the country by re-introducing the Political Parties Integrity Bill this year.
“This year we also we look forward to improving the processes for Governance in our country. Political instability had undermined our country a great deal in the past. This is the change of political government without any apparent agenda and without improving the situation for the majority. and this is often termed as “grass-hopper” behaviour. We want to reintroduce the Political Parties Integrity Bill to achieve that. And in addition, we must continue to keep leaders in check.The NCRA Government will also bring to Parliament the new Leadership Code Act which will keep the leaders in constant check”, said Prime Minister Lilo.