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2019 Solomon Islands general election

General elections were held in the Solomon Islands on 3 April 2019.[1] They were the first general elections since the RAMSI mission concluded in 2017. On 24 April 2019, Manasseh Sogavare was elected by the 11th National Parliament as Prime Minister of Solomon Islands.[2]

2019 Solomon Islands general election

← 2014 3 April 2019

All 50 seats of the National Parliament
25 seats needed for a majority

Prime Minister before election

Rick Houenipwela
Democratic Alliance Party

Elected Prime Minister

Manasseh Sogavare
Independent

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Electoral systemEdit

The 50 members of the National Parliament were elected in single-member constituencies using first-past-the-post voting.[3]

Voters had to be at least 18 years old and hold Solomon Islands citizenship. Overseas residents could not vote, and people were disqualified for voting if they have committed a breach of the electoral law, been declared insane, been imprisoned for more than six months, or are under a death sentence.[3] A total of 359,690 Solomon Islanders registered to vote in the elections, an increase of 72,000 compared to the 2014 elections.[4]

Candidates had to be at least 21 years old and resident in the constituency in which they ran. Disqualifications included holding dual citizenship, being executives or members of the Electoral Commission, having an undischarged bankruptcy, being imprisoned for more than six months, or being under a death sentence.[3]

ConductEdit

There were reports that voters faced irregularities at polling stations, such as names missing from the electoral register.[5]

Fears of violence following the results resulted in police officers being on alert as results were announced.[6]

Australian and New Zealand defence forces provided contingency logistics support before and during the elections, including approximately 300 personnel, HMAS Melville, and six support helicopters. Observers included New Zealand observer groups in three constituencies, Australian observer groups in fourteen constituencies, and Australian National University researchers and observers in fifteen constituencies.[7]

Preliminary resultsEdit

 
Party Votes % Seats +/–
Kadere Party 8 +7
Solomon Islands Democratic Party 8 New
United Democratic Party 4 –1
Democratic Alliance Party 3 –4
People's Alliance Party 2 –1
Solomon Islands United Party 2 New
People First Party 1
Solomon Islands Party for Rural Advancement 1
Green Party Solomon Islands 0 New
New Nation Party 0
Pan Melanesian Congress Party 0
Peoples Progressive Party 0
National Transformation Party 0
Independents 21 –11
Invalid/blank votes
Total 100 50 0
Registered voters/turnout 359,690
Source: Solomon Islands Electoral Commission

By constituencyEdit

Constituency Elected MP Party Votes %
Aoke/Langalanga Matthew Vale Solomon Islands Democratic Party 3,712 46.9%
Baegu/Asifola Makario Tagini United Democratic Party 3,028 31.7%
Central Guadalcanal Peter Shanel Agovaka Independent 3,584 47.7%
Central Honiara John Moffat Fugui United Democratic Party 4,028 33.4%
Central Kwara'ae Jackson Fiulaua Independent 3,200 43.1%
Central Makira Nestor Ghiro Independent 3,803 70.4%
East 'Are'are Peter Junior Kenilorea Solomon Islands United Party 4,200 60.2%
East Central Guadalcanal Ishmael Avui Kadere Party 3,187 50.3%
East Choiseul Manasseh Sogavare Independent 1,860 59.3%
East Guadalcanal Bradley Tovosia Independent 3,985 69.2%
East Honiara Douglas Ete Solomon Islands Democratic Party 5,710 47.9%
East Kwaio Festus Stanley Sofu Independent 3,949 62.4%
East Makira Charles Maefai Independent 3,740 52.2%
East Malaita Manaseh Maelanga People's Alliance Party 2,966 56.8%
Fataleka Rexon Annex Ramofafia Solomon Islands United Party 2,628 41.2%
Gao/Bugotu Samuel Manetoali Kadere Party 2,457 50.9%
Gizo/Kolombangara Lanelle Olandrea Tanangada Kadere Party 4,397 51.7%
Hograno/Kia/Havulei Jeremiah Manele Democratic Alliance Party 4,568 73.5%
Lau/Mbaelelea Augustine Auga Independent 4,728 49.2%
Malaita Outer Islands Martin Mokolo Kealoe Solomon Islands Democratic Party 1,219 44.0%
Maringe/Kokota Calwick Togamana Democratic Alliance Party 2,462 46.1%
Marovo Chachabule Rebi Amoi People First Party 5,619 59.3%
Nggella Batholomew Parapolo Kadere Party 2,512 26.1%
North East Guadalcanal Jaimie Vokia Independent 1,835 38.5%
North Guadalcanal Samson Maneka Solomon Islands Democratic Party 2,320 41.3%
North Malaita Levi Senley Filualea Independent 2,698 38.9%
North New Georgia Dean Kuku Independent 2,267 64.1%
North Vella La Vella Clezy Rore United Democratic Party 2,232 54.5%
North West Choiseul Harry Kuma Independent 2,948 51.3%
North West Guadalcanal Bodo Dettke Solomon Islands Democratic Party 3,021 52.5%
Ranongga/Simbo Charles Sigoto Solomon Islands Democratic Party 2,592 57.5%
Rennell/Bellona Tautai Agikimu'a Kaitu'u Independent 837 27.7%
Russells/Savo Dickson Mua Independent 2,027 32.1%
Shortlands Christopher Laore People's Alliance Party 1,978 67.7%
South Choiseul Robertson Galokale Independent 999 19.1%
South Guadalcanal Rollen Seleso Solomon Islands Party for Rural Advancement 3,104 47.9%
Small Malaita Rick Nelson Houenipwela Democratic Alliance Party 2,302 33.6%
South New Georgia/Rendova/Tetepari Danny Philip United Democratic Party 1,577 43.9%
South Vella La Vella Federick Kologeto Independent 2,932 55.5%
Temotu Nende Commins Mewa Kadere Party 1,579 32.1%
Temotu Pele Duddley Kopu Independent 1,710 43.8%
Temotu Vatud Freda Soria Comua Kadere Party 1,344 47.2%
Ulawa/Ugi Willie Marau Kadere Party 1,778 52.2%
West 'Are'are John Maneniaru Kadere Party 3,223 55.9%
West Guadalcanal Anthony Veke Independent 4,407 62.8%
West Honiara Namson Tran Independent 5,683 66.3%
West Kwaio Titus Mokofi Fika Independent 1,697 30.6%
West Kwara'ae Sam Shemul Iduri Solomon Islands Democratic Party 1,996 23.3%
West Makira Derick Rawcliff Manu'ari Solomon Islands Democratic Party 2,637 43.3%
West New Georgia/Vona Vona Silas Kerry Vagara Independent 1,888 27.9%
Source: SIEC (results), SIEC (party affiliations)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Votes for sale in Solomon Islands election Radio New Zealand, 12 February 2019
  2. ^ "Manasseh Sogavare elected prime minister of Solomon Islands". Radio New Zealand. 2019-04-24. Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  3. ^ a b c Electoral system IPU
  4. ^ SIEC publishes final voter list SIBC, 17 January 2019
  5. ^ "Reports of irregularities as Solomon Islands polls close". Radio New Zealand. 2019-04-03. Retrieved 2019-04-04.
  6. ^ "Solomon Islands: Counting begins after national election". ABC Radio Australia. 2019-04-04. Retrieved 2019-04-04.
  7. ^ "Contingency Logistics Factsheet". Solomon Islands Electoral Commission. Archived from the original on 4 February 2019. Retrieved 4 February 2019.