29 Mar 2006

Solomons anti-bribe campaign gathers momentum

7:46 pm on 29 March 2006

The governor of the Solomon Islands Central Bank, Rick Hou, has joined almost 3,000 other Solomon Islanders to pledge not to take bribes or accept false promises in the lead up to next week's election.

The pledges are being collected as part of a Clean Election Campaign being carried out by the local non-government group Winds of Change.

Messages in local languages asking voters not to take bribes and to think carefully about who they vote for are being broadcast throughout the nation on local radio more than a dozen times a day.

More than 340,000 voters are registered to take part in the poll.

The last election was held in 2001 when international monitors declared the vote free and fair.