Police appeal for peaceful by-elections

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THE Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) have appealed to the people of South Choiseul Constituency, Kirugela ward in North East Choiseul, and Anuta and Tikopia Island in Temotu Province to ensure peaceful by-elections next week.

Commissioner of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) Mostyn Managu said by-Election in South Choiseul Constituency became necessary after the Member of Parliament lost his seat in an election petition after the National General Election in April 2019.

The North East Choiseul Kirugela ward by election came after the passing away of their Member of Provincial Assembly.”

Commissioner Mangau also said the Ward by-election for Anuta and Tikopia (ward 16) Island has become necessary after the Member of Provincial Assembly was terminated.

He appealed to voters to assist the police in ensuring communities remain safe and peaceful during the by-elections.

 “Let us continue to show respect to one another and maintain peace like we did during the past elections. 

“Respect for one another is an integral part of Solomon Islands tradition and culture. Do not allow any disagreements to cause divisions amongst us.”

About 50 RSIPF officers comprising those from Taro, Gizo and Police Response Team (PRT) will be deployed to 17 polling stations in South Choiseul Constituency and three polling stations in Kirugela ward in North East Choiseul.

Eight officers from Lata Police Station will be deployed to three polling stations in Anuta and Tikopia ward.

Commissioner Mangau said the deployment is paramount to ensure polling day is done peacefully and that all registered voters are allowed to cast their votes without any fear of violence.

“We also want to appeal to voters to accept the outcome of the by-elections and to work together with your new member of Parliament and Members of Provincial Assemblies.

“We also want to appeal directly to all candidates, supporters and political party members to remember your responsibilities as leaders during such period.

“Please observe rules and regulations under the Electoral Act.”