THE Solomon Islands Electoral Commission Office (SIECO) has announced that the omission and objection period of the BVR registration process has been extended.
In a statement, SIECO Chief Electoral Officer Mose Saitala said the extension from the initial deadline of November 20th, means the new deadline for the omission and objection period is now on the 29th November.
“The extension is necessary due to the slow start experienced especially in the deployment of Registration Officers and Assistants Registration Officers to some constituencies throughout the country,” Mr Saitala said.
He explained that the slow start was “beyond our capability because it hinges on the delay in the release of funds from the Ministry of Finance and Treasury to facilitate movements”.
The Chief Electoral Officer assured that the extension will not affect subsequent phases of the BVR process.
“SIECO will do everything possible to maintain the gazetted timeline relating to the public hearing phase and the publication of the final voter list.”
He said the scheduled period for the public enquiry phase of December 4th to December 23rd remains.
Meanwhile, the SIECO added that ROs and AROs have been in the field since last week, therefore encourages registrants who have checked the list and encountered errors to file their omission and or objections through these officers.