Solomon Islands general election, 2006
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General elections were held on 5 April 2006 in Solomon Islands. No party won more than four of the fifty seats, while thirty seats went to independent candidates. A number of those subsequently formed an Association of Independent Members of Parliament, with Snyder Rini as their leader. Rini was elected Prime Minister by Parliament on 18 April, amidst "widespread street protests" in Honiara, which caused particular damage in the city's Chinatown. Rioters "alleged corruption and insisted that Mr. Rini had been unfairly favouring Chinese businessmen". While the riots ceased with the arrival of Australian and New Zealand peacekeeping troops the next day, the opposition soon lodged a motion of no confidence in Rini's premiership. Rini resigned on 26 April, having been Prime Minister for just eight days. Opposition parties united in a coalition and succeeded in having Manasseh Sogavare, of the Solomon Islands Social Credit Party, elected Prime Minister on 4 May.
Australia sent a ten-member observer delegation to monitor the election, led by Senator Marise Payne, and comprising MPs Bob Sercombe and Michael Ferguson, former Queensland Electoral Commissioner Bob Longland, and six experienced officials from the Departments of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Defence and AusAID. The Australian observer delegation was joined by other international observer teams from New Zealand, Japan, the USA, the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat. The United Nations Electoral Assistance Division coordinated the consolidated international observer effort. The international observers’ interim assessment said the polling process was transparent and well-conducted, and voters were able to exercise a free and secret vote.
Twenty-six women candidates stood in the election, but none were elected, making the Solomons' Parliament one of the world's few all-male legislatures.
|Parties and alliances||Votes||%||Seats|
|Rural Advancement Party||12,030||6.3||4|
|People's Alliance Party||11,935||6.3||3|
|Solomon Islands Liberal Party||9,507||5.0||2|
|Solomon Islands Social Credit Party||8,214||4.3||2|
|Christian Alliance Party||3,613||1.9||-|
|Solomon Islands Labour Party||1,733||0.9||-|
|Source: Adam Carr|
- Solomon Islands general election 2006, Inter-Parliamentary Union
- "Women call for change in perception", Lora Lini, Vanuatu Daily Post, 4 February 2009