By Alfred Sasako
THE Solomon Islands Electoral Commission (SIEC) has provided the definition for right or correct way for the right voter transfer.
SIEC chairman, Ajilon Nasiu told Island Sun yesterday that in the past registration exercise a voter should go and simply alter his/her voting details from wherever he/she voted in 2014 back to his/her real constituency and not just to which she/he has no connections at all.
“The right transfer is, if you were registered and voted here in Honiara in 2014 and now would like to go back and vote in your own constituency in the upcoming election in 2019, you go and simply alter your voter details and your name will be transferred,” Mr Nasiu who is also the Speaker of the National Parliament, said.
“The wrong transfer is when somebody forces you to transfer your voter details from where you voted in 2014 to somewhere to which you have no connection at all,” he said.
Meanwhile SIEC’s Chief Executive Officer, Mose Saitala reaffirmed that it is not illegal to transfer yourself as a voter to your new eligible place to vote at.
Mr Saitala said the SIEC believed the number of registrants would be reduced because we believe many people re-registered again to correct their initial transfer registration. Many may just be updates of their names.
“The Bio data Voter Registration (BVR) software will be able to correct all of these,” he said.
“Because of the high number of transfers propelled and incited by (some) intending candidates, I suspect that there will be a high number of notices of objection and claims of omission when the Provisional List of Electors is published towards the end of this month.”