28 Apr 2010

Solomon Islands election campaigners urged to be honest

7:36 am on 28 April 2010

Solomon Islands election candidates have been told to be honest about their election spending.

Political hopefuls are limited to spending a maximum of 50,000 dollars on campaigning in the lead-up to the elections, and past elections have been followed by allegations of overspending.

The Electoral Commissioner, Sir Peter Kenilorea, told Solomon Islands Television many candidates are already busy making themselves known to voters.

"Some of them might perhaps explain it out by saying that, oh well, the present money that may be spent, although towards the purposes of elections, are not official, because the official campaigning time is yet to be declared."

Sir Peter Kenilorea says a level of trust is involved in reporting election spending.