Parliament First Meeting Expected for March

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Parliament First Meeting Expected for next month, March 28. (photo supplied)

THE National Parliament of Solomon Islands has confirmed the first business for this year as of next month, March 2018.

Speaking at his first media conference, Honourable Prime Minister Rick Houenpwela said during that month his government is optimist to table the 2018 National budget as well as some of the bills that are ready to go before the parliament.

“Currently a total of 11 legislation bills are expected to go before parliament this year but five or six of them are scheduled for the upcoming meeting in March as they are already in parliament. Bills that are not ready will go before parliament later in the year as only Bills that are ready will go before parliament in March together with the 2018 Budget,” the Prime Minister told media.

The 11 bills are: the Anti-Corruption Bill 2017, Constitutional (Amendment) (Electoral Reform) Bill 2017, Legal Profession Bill 2017, Whistle Blower Bill 2017, Prescription of Ministers (Amendment) Bill 2017, Strata Titles Bills 2017, Constitution (Amendment)(Dual Citizenship) Bill 2017, Citizenship Bill 2017,Political Parties Integrity Amendment Bill 2018, Mineral Bill 2018 and Forestry Bill 2018.

The Prime Minister added that one of the important bills for the upcoming meeting in March is the Anti-Corruption Bill 2017.

“Bills that are not ready will go before parliament later in the year as only Bills that are ready will go before parliament in March together with the 2018 Budget,” he said.