Solomon Islands general election, 1997

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General elections were held in the Solomon Islands on 6 August 1997.[1] A total of 350 candidates representing nine parties contested the election,[2] the result of which was a victory for the Solomon Islands National Unity and Reconciliation Party, which won 21 of the 50 seats. However, Bartholomew Ulufa'alu, leader of the Liberal Party, was elected Prime Minister by Parliament, defeating SINURP leader Solomon Mamaloni.


Party Votes % Seats +/-
Solomon Islands National Unity and Reconciliation Party 21 New
People's Alliance Party 7 -2
National Action Party Solomon Islands 5 +2
Solomon Islands United Party 4 +1
Solomon Islands Liberal Party 4 +4
National Party 1 New
Other parties 2 -
Independents 6 +2
Invalid/blank votes - - -
Total 140,522 100 50 +3
Source: Nohlen et al.


  1. ^ Nohlen, D, Grotz, F & Hartmann, C (2001) Elections in Asia: A data handbook, Volume II, p801 ISBN 0-19-924959-8
  2. ^ Solomon Islands Inter-Parliamentary Union