Solomons Voter Registration Extended By 2 Weeks

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Times, April 14, 2014) – The Solomon Islands Electoral Commission has extended its Biometric Voter Registration process because of the recent floods.

The 14-day extension was given after the Commission was forced to suspend registration during the recent flash floods.

The Chief Electoral Officer Polycarp Haununu says despite the delay elections will go ahead as planned and an official election date will be decided by the Governor General once all registrations are completed on May the 2nd.

Biometric Voter Registration is being introduced in Solomon Islands with the aim of reducing political interference and corruption in the election process.

Despite early success, there are concerns about voters selling ID cards to supporters of intending candidates and some sitting MPs.

Although such allegations are not yet substantiated, there are concerns surrounding the system with some suggesting further amendments to the legislation to make such practice punishable under the law.

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