Gizo/Kolombangara constituents reminded on importance of voting

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Constituents of the Gizo/Kolombangara constituency are reminded to ensure they participate in the democratic process of electing their new Member of Parliament in the upcoming by-election.

The Office of the Solomon Islands Electoral Commission (SIEC) in a press statement said May 23rd (Wednesday next week) is the polling day therefore those who have been registered to vote should go to their respective polling stations to cast their vote.

SIEC encouraged registered voters to check the final notice which should by now be pinned up at polling centers.

“The final notice should be put up as of today (May 15th) at polling centers by Assistant Returning Officers.

“The notice is accompanied by the voters list, therefore it is important that you check and see the polling centre that you will be casting your vote at.”

SIEC also reminded the Gizo/Kolombangara constituents that the voting process is the same as the 2014 National General Election.

“Place your tick in only one box against the candidate of your choice.”

SIEC encourages new eligible voters who were registered during last year’s registration update, to check out the final notice for important information on voting.

Meanwhile SIEC officials will travel to Gizo next week to prepare polling officials who will be dispatched to help out at polling stations during the polling day.

Polling stations will open at 7am and close 5pm; therefore people are urged to turn up during that time to cast their vote.

Five candidates have been nominated to contest the Gizo/Kolombangara constituency by-election.

They are:

  1. Lanelle OlandreaTanangada
  2. Gordon Darcy Lilo
  3. Peter Soqoilo
  4. Ronald Philips Dive
  5. Kenneth Bulehite

Returning Officer Christian Siale wish to acknowledge the good people of Gizo Kolombangara for respecting and allowing the process to reach this far and called for the same support and cooperation for the remaining campaign period and during the polling and counting period.

His Excellency the Governor General Sir Frank OfagiroKabui officially proclaimed Wednesday, 23rd May 2018 as the date for the Gizo Kolombangara By-Election.

SIEC would like to advise voters from Gizo Kolombangara constituency, to be prepared to choose their representative Wednesday next week.

-SIEC Media