28 Feb 2006

Three nominations for candidates in Solomon Islands elections to date

2:53 pm on 28 February 2006

Only three people have so far put forward their nominations to stand as candidates in the Solomon Islands elections in April.

Nominations opened last week but there has been no rush to come forward for the 50 parliamentary seats which need to be filled.

The three possible candidates are all standing in Honiara but returning officers are yet to report officially on any nominations from the provinces.

The Electoral Commission office's, Brian Beti, says this is not unusual.

"I think if you think about the geography of the country, yes, this thing is almost normal in any elections in the past. And, that the nomination period is long enough for us to get reports, so we will be getting them."

Brian Beti says nominations close on March the 8th and the following day a list of candidates is published in each ward.