22 Dec 2010

Veke easily wins Guadalcanal election

11:50 am on 22 December 2010

The new premier of Guadalcanal Province in Solomon Islands is Anthony Veke.

Mr Veke easily defeated his nearest opponent Walter Naezon by 14 votes to five, while the former premier Stephen Panga received two votes.

Speaking to the Solomon Star, Mr Veke said he was humbled by his victory and would like to see the people of Guadalcanal unite.

He said as one of the biggest provinces in the country with huge investment, his government wants resource owners to partake in any developments.

The election went ahead smoothly despite allegations from supporters of Mr Veke that Mr Naezon sought the services of former militiants to try to lure provincial members to his camp with promises of between 1300 and 1800 US dollars.

Mr Naezon rejected the claims.

Mr Veke is a teacher and a former deputy premier and provincial member.