Preparations underway for Western and Choiseul voter registration

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BY JARED KOLI

PREPARATIONS are well ahead for the Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) for Western and Choiseul province.

Solomon Islands Electoral Commission (SIEC) Acting Chief Electoral Officer Alphonsus Pero said the recruitment of Registration Managers, Registration Officers, Revising Officers and other casual staff has been completed.

A series of training sessions will get underway in the coming weeks in Gizo and in Honiara, according to Mr Pero.

“We will ensure the public is kept informed of how, when, where and why the update is being conducted, using all forms of media and other cost-effective means.

“We will of course also keep all of you informed about our progress, key dates and developments as we work our way through this update,” he said.

The Chief Electoral Officer (Ag) urged those who wish to register during this update, to do so. This will mean that people can vote in subsequent elections and by-elections, according to Mr Pero.

Meanwhile, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs George Palua said 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.

SIEC has launched the Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) update for Western and Choiseul province and Communication campaign yesterday at the SIEC headquarters in Honiara yesterday.

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