CHANGES EXPECTED TO SOLOMON ISLANDS' ELECTORAL ACT

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (January 19, 2001 – Radio Australia)---Candidates for the next elections in the Solomon Islands will have to provide certified medical and police clearance reports, under proposed changes to the electoral act.

A bill requiring the changes will be introduced for approval during the next session of Parliament.

The Electoral Commission’s chief electoral officer, John Babalu, said ballot papers will also be changed to allow each polling station to have only one ballot box.

Mr. Babalu said this is planned to avoid the buying of votes, a common practice in the past.

New national elections are expected to be held later this year.

For additional reports from Radio Australia, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Radio Australia.

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