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Melanesian Messenger Online distributed by the
Church of the Province of Melanesia
September 12, 2008

[Melanesian Messenger - Melanesia] The new Bishop for the Diocese of Malaita in Solomon Islands will be elected this weekend.

Elections will take place at TNK, headquarters of the Sisters of the Church on north Guadalcanal.

A one day retreat on Saturday by the Bishops and members of the Electoral Board precedes the elections on Sunday.

A 9 member Electoral Board consisting of members from the Church of Melanesia and the Diocese of Malaita will choose the new bishop.

Results will be formalized by the Council of Bishops straight after the elections before it is made known to the public.

The bishop-elect will become the fifth bishop of the Diocese of Malaita.
The election is necessary following the retirement of Bishop Terry Michael Brown on August 18, 2008.

Bishop Brown from Canada is the fourth Bishop after the Late Bishop Leonard Alufurai, Bishop Willie Pwaisiho and Bishop Raymond Aumae. The Diocese also has a serving Assistant Bishop, the Rt Rev. Alfred Hou.

Malaita is one of the largest dioceses with 30 to 40 thousand members.

The Church of Melanesia has eight dioceses in Solomon Islands, the Republic of Vanuatu and the French Trust Territory of New Caledonia.

The Church is asked to pray and offer spiritual support for the electoral board and the election programme.