BY MIKE PUIA
ELECTORAL Commissioner, Mrs Taeasi Sanga said the Voter Registration exercise is a very important one.
Speaking during the official opening ceremony of the training-of-trainers for Registration Managers (RMs) and Registration Officers (ROs) Sanga highlighted the importance of the Voter Registration exercise.
“Its aim is to create an accurate and verifiable record of all of those people who are eligible to vote and who have chosen to register,” Mrs Sanga said.
She said the roles and responsibilities of RMs and ROs are vital to the health of Solomon Islands democracy.
“Without an up to date and accurate Voter List, the National Election results can be compromised.
“Every registration official must therefore have a good working knowledge of the key rules and regulations governing Voter Registration in the Solomon Islands.
“Understanding these regulations will enable you to answer any questions posed by the public and assist you to lawfully perform your duties.”
Mrs Sanga acknowledged the group for putting their hands up to take up the responsibility.
“I am grateful that you have chosen to give your time to serve the nation as a registration official.
“I know some of you worked in 2014 and 2017 on the Biometric Voter Registration (BVR), so your experience will be invaluable this time round.”
The SIEC commissioner also acknowledged the support and contribution the OSIEC has received from the Australian Government, European Union and the UNDP through Strengthening the Electoral Cycle of Solomon Islands Project (SECSIP).
The training ends on July 28th after which, the RMs and ROs will return to their respective provinces and constituencies to conduct training for Assistant Registration Officers and Registration Clerks.