RSIPF Mediates Feud Between Election Candidates

Lusibaea and Senly posing for a photo after the meeting.

TWO candidates contesting the North Malaita seat in Malaita Province in the National General Election on 3 April –  former MP Jimmy Lusibaea and Levi Senly Filualea have assured officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) of a safe, secure and peaceful election in the Constituency during a meeting conducted at Malu’u Station on 27 March 2019.

Community chiefs, church and women leaders and supporters of five other candidates vying for the North Malaita seat also participated in the meeting. RSIPF officers from Honiara and Auki organised the meeting following reports of arguments between supporters of the two candidates.

Mr Lusibaea told the meeting: “We are controlling our supporters to do the right thing during campaign period and I can assure you that nothing will happen during the NGE.”

The other candidate, Mr Filualea also highlighted the same sentiments by Mr Lusibaea.

Director of RSIPF’s Professional Standard and Internal Investigation (PSII) Superintendent Solomon Sisimia who led the Team for the meeting said, “We have come here today because we need your support. I like you to do your campaigning peacefully. We must not campaign in a way that will be create hatred between the different supporters.”

“All NGE candidates have the responsibility to talk with your campaign managers to ensure your campaigns are done according to the rule of law.”

Superintendent Sisimia added: “Police are mandated to do its duties and officers will be deployed to North Malaita Constituency to make sure peace prevails during the election. I assure you that police will be with you for the NGE 2019.”

“Under the new Electoral Act the penalty for the offence of bribery is tough. Election Bribery – $150,000 fine or imprisonment for 15 years or both,” says Superintendent Sisimia.

During the meeting the following offences and penalties were discussed;

  • Display, publication and distribution of false material – $20,000 fine or imprisonment for two years or both.
  • Engaging in campaign activity outside campaign period – $20,000 fine or imprisonment for two years or both.
  • Campaign expenses (election campaign expenses exceed $500,000) – $50,000 fine.