4 Aug 2010

Voting in Solomon Islands election completed without major incident

8:20 pm on 4 August 2010

The authorities in Solomon Islands say today's general election has been relatively trouble free.

That's despite reports of long queues and some people finding their names were not on the rolls.

This report from Jo O'Brien who's in Honiara.

"The police commissioner Peter Marshall says there have been no major incidents with only two arrests - one of a woman trying to vote twice - he says their approach has obviously paid off. They've been able to deploy people to spots where trouble might occur and also deploy returning officers to areas where there were long queues. Likewise the Electoral Commission says it has had relatively few reports of problems. There have been, from our observations at polling stations, long queues in some areas with concern that people might not be able to vote, but the authorities say they believe that everyone will, and concerns with people not being able to find their names on the rolls. The Electoral Commissioner says it has not had widespread reports of this, however."