‘Election date unchanged, go to your polling stations’


THE Deputy Provincial Secretary of Western Province has called on eligible voters to go and cast their votes on December 14, Wednesday this week.

In an interview with Island Sun, Patrick Toiraena said the election date remain unchanged following the revised gazette order made by the Ministry of Provincial Government last week.

He said the revised gazette order has nothing to do with the election.

“I want to clarify that the revised gazette order has no effect on the election date. So my call is for eligible voters to go to their polling station and cast their votes to elect new leaders.

“I came to the media to clarify some questions going around asking whether the revised gazette order has some effect on the election. The answer is ‘not’,” Toiraena said.

He said the electoral office along with personals on the ground have mobilised and will be deployed to polling stations to monitor the polling day.

Toiraena said officials will be stationed in Shortland Islands in the far west to Marovo in far east to make sure the election is running smoothly.

He adds that the Royal Solomon Islands Police officers will also accompany electoral officials to provide security and to make sure everyone enjoy their democratic rights to cast their votes in peace.

Last week, the Ministry of Provincial Government took a direct bummer when they realized the decision they made on June 13th this year was null and voided.

The decision was for the dissolution of Western Provincial Assembly which result in Western Province having no leadership for the past six months.

Just last week, a revised gazette order was made to allow the Premier of Western Province a caretaker role until a new government is formed.

The decision has sparked outcry in Western Province labelling the revised gazette as a mockery to the Ministry of Provincial Government as people have suffered from the ill decision for more than six months.

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