4 May 2006

Police in Solomon Islands put in tight security

8:49 am on 4 May 2006

Police in Solomon Islands have put in place tight security for today's election of a new prime minister.

Motorists in Honiara have been advised that police and the military will be highly visible around parliament to avoid a repeat of the disturbances seen more than two weeks ago when violence erupted after the MPs had elected Snyder Rini.

A defeated candidate in the last election, Manasseh Sogavare, is now standing as the opposition's candidate while Fred Fono has been nominated by the caretaker administration.

Our correspondent in Honiara, Dorothy Wickham, says people are worried about how the losing side may react.

" "Everybody is anxious about this vote. I think it's going to really swing one way or the other because there is two candidates now, there is not another person involved like the first vote, but I think what people are really anxious about is the reaction from supporters of both sides." "