18 Jan 2010

Solomon Islands electoral official warns against attempts to corrupt vote

9:20 am on 18 January 2010

The Solomon Islands Chief Electoral Officer, Polycarp Haununu, says the Electoral Commission is committed to registering voters with one name only, in one place only.

He says the new voter registration process contains an important safety step to help the Electoral Commission do this.

According to the law, voter registration has a long revision period where people can check a draft copy of the voters' list, Mr Haununu said.

By looking at this draft list, people can check that their names have been included, and also alert registration officials if there are false names on the list, or names of people who have died, or who are not from that area.

Mr Haununu said that with the help of every Solomon Islander, the revision period would help identify corruption and false names on the voters' list.

Voter registration fieldwork is scheduled to begin on 25th January and ends on the 25th March.