Solomon Islands

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Solomon Islands has a population of approximately 590,000 people. The national Parliament has 50 members. Elections are held every 4 years. The electoral system uses a first-past-the-post system, which has made it very difficult for women to get elected.

In 2008, the Solomon Islands Government mandated the Constituency Boundaries Commission to review the number of MPs currently elected to Parliament. This was used as an entry-point for women’s groups to propose the introduction of reserved seats for women. The proposal suggested in 2008 was to introduce 10 reserved seats for women – 1 seat for each of Solomon Islands nine provinces and 1 seat for the capital city of Honiara. The proposal did not attract the support of the Cabinet. However, following the 2010 national elections, the new Government indicated in its Policy Statement that the Government would look at options for women’s reserved seats as part of a broader electoral boundaries review. This work has not yet progressed.

Since Independence, only fourwomen MPs have ever been elected to the Solomon Islands Parliament, Hon Hilda Kari in the 1980s,  Hon Vika Lusibaea who was elected in a by-election for her husband’s seat in August 2012 and in 2014 general elections, Honourable Freda Soria Comua won the Temotu Vatud seat in the 2016, and Hon. Lanelle Tanangada who was elected in a by-election held in 2018.

Hon. Freda Tuki Soriocomua

Party: People’s Alliance Party

Electorate: Temotu Vatud

Province: Temotu

Political Status: Minister for Women, Youth, and Children's Affairs

Hon. Lanelle Tanangada

Party: Independent

Electorate: Gizo/Kolombangara

Province: Western

Political Status: Member of Parliament

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Hon Anne Pugeva

Party: N/A

Electorate: N/A

Province: Rennell and Bellona

Political Status: Member, Rennell & Bellona Provincial Assembly

Hon Beverly Muva

Party: N/A

Electorate: N/A

Province: Isabel

Political Status: Member, Isabel Provincial Assembly

Hon Ilene Sulukonina

Party: N/A

Electorate: Birao Ward, Marau

Province: Guadalcanal

Political Status: Member, Guadalcanal Provincial Assembly

Hon Nester Marahora

Party: SI Party for Rural Advancement

Electorate: N/A

Province: Makira

Political Status: Member, Makira Provincial Assembly

Hon Rhoda Sikilabu

Party: N/A

Electorate: N/A

Province: Isabel

Political Status: Member, Isabel Provincial Assembly

Hon Victoria Sino Oloratavo

Party: None

Electorate: Kusaghe Ward

Province: Western

Political Status: Member, Western Provincial Assembly

Hon. Jocelyn Wesley Ipei

Party: Independent

Electorate: Nea/No'ole Ward 10, Santa Cruz Islands

Province: Teamotu Province

Political Status: Member of Provincial Assembly

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Hon. Rose Liata

Party: N/A

Electorate: N/A

Province: Malaita Province

Political Status: MInister for Community Health and Medical Services, Malaita Provincial Assembly,