1 Feb 2006

Solomons officials know election date but announcement still pending

7:47 pm on 1 February 2006

People in Solomon Islands will have to wait a little longer to be informed of the date of the general elections despite it being known to officials.

The chief electoral officer, Musu Kevu, says they have decided on a date but it is not being revealed publicly yet.

The elections must be held by April 28th to comply with the legal requirements that it occurs within four months of the dissolution of parliament which was at the end of December.

Mr Kevu says the governor-general will make the announcement.

"We are waiting now. We have a date in mind but we are waiting for the governor general to actually make the proclamation. The commission informed the governor-general and the governor-general will make a proclamation by way of a gazette."

Mr Kevu says it may be later this month before the announcement is made.