SOLOMONS’ SIKUA REGRETS SLOW BALLOT COUNT

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SOLOMONS’ SIKUA REGRETS SLOW BALLOT COUNT Says long wait breeds rumors

By Bradford Theonomi HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Island Sun, August 10, 2010) – Returning Member of Parliament for Northeast Guadalcanal and Caretaker Prime Minister Dr. Derek Sikua has expressed his disappointment over the counting system and described it as being too slow and poor.

He said the relevant bodies responsible have concentrated too much on the preparations and during the polling day though it is important.

"While little thought has been done to look at the aftermath of the election which is one of the very important parts of the election process, the counting process. Prolonging the counting process as such will give room for rumors and other wide speculation to occur thus it is best to avoid it. This can be seen clearly with some of the constituency’s results being prolonged or delayed to declare their winning candidates. Something that we must learn from, make sure to improve more on it especially the counting process," said Dr. Sikua.

"For this reason I can assure you that the new government will certainly be looking at improving the counting process. Ensure to establish a better system in place so winning candidates for constituencies in future elections are made quickly. Avoiding unnecessary rumors and speculations of any nature that may arises if the counting process is prolonged," he added.

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