23 Jan 2006

Solomons election date to be set this week

4:29 pm on 23 January 2006

The Solomon Islands electoral commission will announce the date of the general election this week.

The tentative election month is March but the chief electoral officer, Musu Kevu, says the exact day and month will be set at a meeting this week.

Mr Kevu says more than 300,000 voters registered by mid December but the final roll won't be known until February the 15th when the review will be complete.

The election is expected to cost nearly three million US dollars and 3,000 people will be engaged to administer polling at a total of 750 stations.

The last election was held in December 2001.

A new government has to be formed by April the 20th.