18 Jun 2010

New security for Solomon Islands ballot boxes

8:39 am on 18 June 2010

Solomon Islands Chief Electoral Officer, Polycarp Haununu, says new security seals will replace the old lock and key method for closing ballot boxes in this year's election.

He says the new ballot boxes will be sealed with a special strong seal which has a number with the Electoral Commission logo on it and can only be removed by cutting with a knife.

Mr Haununu says the new security seal is used by many countries and has been successful in securing voter's ballot papers during voting and during transportation to counting centres.

He says the new security method will indicate if someone has opened the box during polling day and prior to counting.

Solomon Islanders are expected to go to the polls in August.