“NO URGENCY IN EXTENDING THE LIFE OF PARLIAMENT” SOGAVARE
The proposed policy to extend the life of the current Parliament house would go through proper processes and it will not be rushed.
Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare clarified the matter, in response to a question by Member of Parliament for East Are’Are Peter Kenilorea Junior on whether or not the reforms currently pursued by the government are the basis for the policy direction to extend the life of the current parliament.
Mr. Sogavare assured that it would be narrow to base the reason for the extension of the parliament on the reforms pursued by the government adding that given the right time he will outline the basis for that policy stance.
A statement from the government said, at this stage, the Attorney General (Ag), Special Secretary to Prime Minister (SSPM), and other officials are firming up the consultation process for the proposed policy.
“On prima facie, we will be doing injustice to ourselves and the nation if we go to the polls in 2023, however, I will not delve into this until proper consultations will be made to firm up this proposed policy,” he said.
The statement added, the Government is fully aware that since the extension of the life of parliament will touch on the national constitution, such proposed policy will need to be grounded with a solid and valid basis in order to garner two-thirds support in parliament for the amendments of the national constitution and the relevant Acts of parliament.
It said the government will be cautious and ensure due processes of consultation must be taken to ensure peoples’ views and opinions are taken on board.