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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (SIBC, Feb. 23) - A group of experts arrived in Honiara, Solomon Islands, during the weekend to assist international and national groups who will be observing the election process in the country.

Members of the group will be present at selected polling stations throughout the country to observe the vote and monitor the ballot count.

They will serve as a liaison between international representatives, the Solomon Islands government, and the Election Commission.

The Election Observation Coordination Team was established by the United Nations Development Program at the request of the Solomon Islands government.

The team will also be responsible for briefing the observers on the elections and for developing a deployment plan to ensure a representative sample of the country is covered on polling day.

The team is comprised of three experts in international relations, political affairs, election observation, training and logistics.

[PIR editor’s note: Solomon Islands voters will go to the polls on April 5th to elect a new government.]

February 24, 2006

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