5 candidates

SIEC confirms list for Gizo-Kolombangara constituency by-election

FIVE candidates have been nominated to contest the Gizo/Kolombangara constituency by-election next month.

The Office of the Solomon Islands Electoral Commission received the nominations by the close of nomination period at 4pm, Wednesday this week.

Returning Officer Christian Siale immediately after the close of nomination on Wednesday conducted a draw in Gizo, to determine the standing of candidates on the ballot paper.

The order of names on the ballot paper as a result of the draw is as follows:

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

In accordance with the process, publication of the List of Candidates at the close of nominations has been done throughout the constituency as of yesterday.

The Solomon Islands Electoral Commission (SIEC) in a press statement said the current standings are still subject to change if any candidate withdraws.

“After the close of nominations on Wednesday this week, 72 hours (3 days) was given, according to the Electoral Act, for any candidates wishing to withdraw to do so,” the statement said.

SIEC said the final list of confirmed candidates will be published after the withdrawal period lapses at 4pm on Saturday, April 28.

“If any candidates who wish to withdraw must do so in writing to the Returning Officer, within 72 hours after the close of nominations.” SIEC said.

The Returning Officer acknowledges the good people of Gizo Kolombangara for respecting and allowing the process to reach this far and would call for the same support and cooperation of the public during this campaign period to respect each other’s rights.

His Excellency the Governor General Sir Frank Kabui had officially proclaimed Wednesday, May 23, 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 and to listen to SIBC and Radio Happy Lagoon, as well as other media outlets including SIEC’s Facebook page for updates regarding important activities in the lead up to the By-Election.


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