PARLIAMENT has unanimously passed legislative amendments to reduce the Open seats from 110 to 89 in accordance with the Constitution.
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill who introduced the second reading of the bill got the support (79-0 votes) to make amendments to the organic law on national and local level government elections.
He said the amendment was a follow-up to the previous amendment to retain the provincial seats for governors
standing in the 2012 election.
O’Neill said the constitution, when it was amended in view of removing the provincial seats, also increased the open seats from 89 to 110.
He said the amendments would ensure there were no less than 89 open electorates and no more than 120 open electorates.
He said once the population increased and there was a need for more representation, new open seats could be created