By Mike Puia
THE Solomon Islands Electoral Commission (SIEC) has recovered things it lost in Fataleka, Malaita province.
While registration was carried out in Fataleka Constituency, electoral kits and a flash drive was removed.
The flash drive contains important raw registration data.
This was a blow to Malaita electoral officials. An appeal was issued to people in the constituency to return the flash drive.
Reports from these officials on Wednesday confirmed they have recovered the flash drive.
Malaita Province Registration Manager, Pearson Simi, confirmed the flash drive has been retrieved.
There was no mention of the electoral kits that were also reported to have been removed.
Simi has confirmed their registration teams are continuing with their work.
Following the incident, SIEC has made a strong appeal to community leaders and electors to respect the registration process.
The Commission has appealed to constituents who have concerns to raise their concerns with their respective Registration Officer (RO) and to refrain from taking laws into their own hands.
The call was made in light of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) SIEC signed with the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) a couple of weeks ago.
The MOU is to get both the SIEC and RSIPF to work closely in ensuring the elections are secured, free and fair.
SIEC urged eligible voters to register in the constituencies they are living in.
“If you register in a constituency you are not residing in, your name might be objected during the Omission and Objection phase and will be removed completely from the list,” the Commission stated.
It encourages those who are yet to register to do so before September 27th, when registration closes.