SOLOMONS ELECTION PRICE TAG: $2.9 MILLION

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Nearly 300 candidates in race for parliament

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, July 15, 2010) – The Solomon Islands Chief Electoral Officer, Polycarp Haununu, says the upcoming National Election in August will cost the government a total of US$2.9 million.

He says so far government has committed US$2 million on the voter registration process, electoral training and awareness programmes.

Mr Haununu said his office is expecting another US$900,000 funding from government to enable the completion of the election process.

Voters will go to the polls on August 4 to elect new leaders for the country’s 50 seat parliament.

Nearly 300 candidates have registered to contest with others yet to be formally announced.

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