SOLOMON ISLANDS HEAD TO POLLS

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MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, April 5) – Electoral officials in Solomon Islands are predicting an orderly and peaceful election day.

The country is due to vote in the first general elections since the Australian-led intervention restored peace in the Solomons.

There were candidate parades through the streets of the capital well into the night.

The head of the Commonwealth Observer Mission, Papua New Guinea's former chief justice, Sir Arnold Amet, says the work of the regional assistance mission, RAMSI, has ensured voting will be free from the previous intimidation when there were many high powered weapons in the community.

"I think the greatest commendation for that state of calm and confidence is the RAMSI exercise by the regional governments," he said.

April 5, 2006

Radio Australia: www.abc.net.au/ra

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