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.[1]

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.[2] 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.[3]

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.[4]


e • d Summary of the 5 April 2006 National Parliament of the Solomon Islands election results
Parties and alliances Votes % Seats
National Party 13,105 6.9 4
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
Democratic Party 9,338 4.9 3
Solomon Islands Social Credit Party 8,214 4.3 2
Lafari Party 5,384 2.8 2
Christian Alliance Party 3,613 1.9 -
Solomon Islands Labour Party 1,733 0.9 -
Independents 114,977 60.3 30
Total 190,786   50
Source: Adam Carr