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Democratic Alliance Party successful retreat

THE Democratic Alliance Party Interim Executive Committee, successfully completed its retreat over the week end at Sun Set Lodge, Savo in the Central Islands Province.

The 10 member team left Honiara on Friday after its parliamentary members concluded their parliamentary business with the adjournment of Parliament to March 28.

The retreat is an important agenda on the Party’s calendar for this year 2017.

As stated in his opening remarks, the Parliamentary Wing Leader of the Democratic Alliance Party (DAP) and the Chairman of the Interim Executive Committee Hon Rick Hou said that the retreat is a time for the committee members to spend together to prepare for the DAP’s National Convention scheduled for March 25, 2017.

“As you are aware all political parties have been notified by the Political Parties Commission that as part of the political parties development activities to conduct their National Convention as required under law. Therefore we are here to prepare for the DAPs upcoming National Convention,” Hon Rick Hou said.

He reiterated that as a responsible party, DAP will endeavour to comply with any regulatory requirements imposed upon political parties by the Commission from time to time.

Hon Rick Hou also reminded his Committee members of their mandate and responsibilities as set out in the TOR.

“Part of this TOR is for us to review the Party Constitution and make recommendations to the National Convention. I am very hopeful that we will complete this important task before we head back to Honiara,” Hon Hou stated.

The committee started its proceedings on Friday which concluded on Sunday morning.

A total of 28 resolutions covering amendments to the current DAP constitution and other administrative matters of the Party were concluded.

The Committee resolved that these 28 resolutions will be put to the National Convention for further debate and their adoption.

In concluding the week end retreat the DAP parliamentary wing leader thanked his other colleagues for taking the time away from their homes in Honiara and actively participated in the proceeding of the retreat.

Hon Hou said that this is a national undertaking that is not only important but also very crucial for the political development of our nation.

He added that institutions such as the political parties are very important structures for the long development of this country, and that “we the elected leaders have the responsibility to support and provide guidance to such developments”.

The leader of Opposition, Hon Jeremiah Manele and the rest of the Members of Parliament who attended the retreat shared the same and similar sentiments.

They agreed that the stability of political parties is so crucial to the political stability of Solomon Islands.

Members of the party affirmed their support and commitment to the development of DAP and will continue to be loyal to the party and its principles and values.

The DAP Leaders acknowledged Sir Allan Kemakeza, the owner of the Sun Set Lodge, for the kind hospitality and excellent services extended to the committee during the retreat.

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