8 Jun 2010

Solomons Electoral Commission begins training drive for 2010 poll

9:31 pm on 8 June 2010

The Solomon Islands Electoral Commission has begun training more than 2,000 election officials for this year's general election.

A workshop is being held in Honiara for ten electoral managers who will administer the election in each province.

The workshop covers election rules and regulations, and how to train returning officers and polling officials.

The electoral commission chair, Sir Peter Kenilorea, has told the electoral managers the message for the election is voting in one place only, with one name only.

He says tough new penalties, including a 385 US dollar fine for voting twice, will inform people of what will happen if they commit such offences.

The date for the election is yet to be officially announced by the governor general, although the Prime Minister Derek Sikua has said it will be August the 4th.