TRANSPARENCY Solomon Islands has applauded the Solomon Islands Electoral Commission (SIEC) in warning all intending candidates and voters to refrain from buying and selling voter ID cards.
TSI in a media statement yesterday, reminds all citizens that Elections is the most important event Solomon Islands carry out every four years, a time when people of this country make individual decision on who should govern the country with their entrusted power for the next four years.
“For this reason, it is important that people accord the Voters Registration with the importance that it needs to be given.
“Election is one of the important components of our Democracy where people have the say on the kind of government that will safeguard all their interests.
“The leaders we elect will have the responsibility of ensuring that the country is run in the most efficient way for all people of Solomon Islands bringing prosperity to all.
“Intending candidates should stop politicising registration activities in the absence of civic awareness being carried out by the responsible authorities, whilst not being done now must be carried out to educate voters on election processes and registration before the polling day.
“Registration is an important process for citizens as it allows them to exercise their democratic right to vote come polling. It is an important component of establishing a comprehensive and inclusive voters’ list.”
TSI condemns this broad daylight reciprocity practice by intending candidates to voters must stop during registration process because this kind of assistance is purposely to convince voters to vote intending candidates or to make money out of them.
“Inclusive responsibility by relevant authorities is imperative to stopping the dirty and illegal practice of card selling and buying. We need to look into strategies that avoid passing this on to future generations.”