Posted by: nativeiowan | August 7, 2010

democracy S.I. style

And there remains a ray of light, a shred of hope…

RICK HOU has won the Small Malaita seat after counting ended last night, the Solomon Star can reveal.

But the Returning Officer for the constituency has withheld announcing the results due to pressure from supporters of the runner up candidate William Haomae.

However, a polling agent of Mr Hou who returned from Afio station to his village at Riverside at 11 pm last night confirmed Mr Hou is the new MP.

Riverside is few minutes by boat from Afio station in the passage dividing Small and Big Malaita.

According to the agent, Mr Hou polled 1,689, 72 votes difference from Mr Haomae’s 1,617.

Fourteen candidates contested the seat.

The agent said Mr Hou managed to overtake Mr Haomae when counting settled at the last polling station of his village at Riverside.

Mr Haomae reportedly led the race from the start with 900 votes difference from Mr Hou at wards 21 and 22.

At ward 23, the tide changed for the former Foreign Affairs Minister, after Mr Hou slowly edged him to gain the victory.

It was a all night celebration for Mr Hou’s supporters and families at Riverside after the news was relayed to them.

The Solomon Star could hear the celebration at the background when speaking to the agent on mobile phone.

Mr Hou’s victory is poised to strengthen the profile of the Solomon Islands Democratic Party, as MPs move to Honiara in the next few days to form the government.

Other members of the party already declared winners are Mathew Wale, Sam Iduri, Stanley Sofu and Peter Tom.

The Party’s wing leader, Steve Abana is still waiting for his result in the Fataleka constituency, which is expected today.

Mr Hou returned to pursue a political career after he resigned his lucrative job with the World Bank in Washington DC this year.

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