1 Mar 2006

Solomons election to be have 45 international monitors

4:21 pm on 1 March 2006

The Solomon Islands government has commitments that at least 45 international observers will be sent to monitor the national elections on April 5th.

Our correspondent reports that New Zealand and Australia will send ten each, and Japan will provide five.

Another 12 observers will be sent by the Commonwealth Secretariat and another eight from the Pacific Islands Forum.

The United States may also help out.

Most of the observers involved will be current or former members of parliament, or government officials.

They will monitor some of the about 770 polling stations with air transport expected to be used to lift them to remote areas two days before the vote.

A number of the monitors will stay for the vote count.