DEAR EDITOR, the Solomon Islands Electoral Commission (SIEC) should be commended for their work and effort in ensuring that the National General Election (NGE) next year 2019 are fair.
The crackdown on those potential candidates who attempted to take and hold on to the IDs of voters as a sort of insurance is a security move to stem out corruption and ensure the fairness of the Elections.
I wish to point out one of the crucial security measures which the SIEC must take in order to ensure the elections are fair. This concerns the security of the Ballot Papers, especially the Printing of the papers. This is more so given the high level of corruption in the country.
First, the SIEC must ensure that the printing of the Ballot Papers are put on Public Tender.
The SIEC must ensure that the winning bidder is Neutral to the extent of not tampering with the papers.
But ensure that the level of Security regarding the Ballot papers is high and credible the Ballot papers must be printed overseas.
The printing of the Ballot Papers Overseas would be relatively cheaper even matters such as freight and handling charges are taken into account.
This is in view of the inflated mark ups Local Printers charge.
The Overriding consideration is the Security of the Ballot papers, hence the fairness of the elections.