Solomons leaning towards preferential voting system

10:22 am on 1 June 2015
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An academic from the Victoria University of Wellington says Solomon Islands is leaning towards preferential voting as a replacement for its first-past-the-post system.

Professor Jon Fraenkel has been in Honiara for a seminar looking at proposals to change the electoral system.

He says a preferential voting system is shaping up as the likely replacement.

"I think probably the majority of participants there were keen particularly on some kind of optional preferential voting system. One or two keen on a two round system as is used in Kiribati. There didn't seem to be much support for a far reaching shift to some kind of proportional voting system."

Professor Fraenkel says there were also many concerns raised about political integrity and stability in Solomon Islands.

He says these issues will not be resolved by changing the electoral system.

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