Solomon Islands election contested by hundreds of candidates | Pacific Beat

Solomon Islands election contested by hundreds of candidates

Solomon Islands election contested by hundreds of candidates

Updated 12 November 2014, 12:23 AEDT

Voters will go to the polls in a week's time for Solomon Islands' first general election in the post-RAMSI era.

It'll be a test of how much progress has been made after ten years work by the regional assistance mission to stabilise the Solomons following years of ethnic tensions.

The Electoral Commission is promising it's cleaned up the voter rolls leaving 280,000 genuine voters to register their preferences in 50 electorates, using a first past the post system.

Parliament has also passed the long-discussed Political Parties Integrity Bill which is designed to stop MPs 'grasshopping' as they call it in Solomon Islands, or swapping their allegiance from one party to another.

But Professor Clive Moore, from the University of Queensland, says it's hard to tell at this stage if the new law will help to stablilise the political system.

Presenter: Richard Ewart

Speaker: Clive Moore, Professor, University of Queensland

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