11 Apr 2006

Call for Solomons women to be get seat allocation after election flop

3:32 pm on 11 April 2006

There is a call for seats to be allocated for women in the Solomon Islands parliament following the election of an all male house.

The National Council of Women says it is disappointing that once again, there will be no representation of women in the highest decision making body in the country.

A council member, who was a former MP, Ms Hilda Kari, says she stood on a platform that women should be elected through the democratic process but she now believes allocated seats might be necessary.

"Seeing the results of this election, I think I would change my mind to feel that there should be opportunity, alternative opportunity for women to get into the parliament so that decisions there will be balanced by men and women."

Hilda Kari.

In other developments, nominations for the election of a prime minister opens tomorrow.

The governor general says all MPs are eligible for nomination but no member can be a candidate unless he's been nominated by 4 other MPs and each MP can only nominate one member for the post.

The election of the prime minister will take place next Tuesday.