$4.5m for voter registration update in Choiseul and Western

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BY JARED KOLI

THE Solomon Islands Government has poured $4million into the Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) update for Western and Choiseul provinces.

Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs George Palua acknowledged the national government for recognising the importance and provide funds to roll out this update, to the tune of $SBD4.5 million.

“Without such a commitment those eligible to vote in the two provinces would not have the opportunity to register and to vote,” he said.

Palua said the DCC Government has a number of initiatives and strategic actions, in so far as National General Election is concerned.

The BVR update exercise will commence in November 2017.

The BVR update launched yesterday will provide eligible people residing in Choiseul and Western Province, who are not on the register, will shortly be provided with an opportunity for the first time to register for their upcoming Provincial Assembly elections which will also be for the first enable them to use a most updated voters list.

Palua urged all eligible voters in Choiseul and Western province to come forward and register their names.

He also clarified that it is important to note that this is an update, not a re-registration, and that it is for Choiseul and Western provinces only, as a start towards the goal for a complete update of the Voters Registrar for all provinces before the next National General Elections.

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