21 Sep 2010

Solomons Electoral Commission welcomes Commonwealth feedback

9:48 pm on 21 September 2010

The Solomon Islands Electoral Commission has welcomed a positive report from the Commonwealth on the recent general election and the offer of support in assisting the country's electoral reform process.

The Commonwealth says the Electoral Commission conducted a well-organised and fair election which was peaceful and transparent.

The report also noted that the current electoral system weakens the electoral and democratic framework in Solomon Islands and needs reform.

The Commission's chairman and Speaker of Parliament, Sir Allan Kemakeza, says recommendations from such reports are crucial to helping the country's reform towards the 2014 election and beyond.

He says the Commission has already identified many recommendations for reforms such as allowing for a clean-up of the voters' list, and creation of systems for voter identification and postal voting.