2 Aug 2010

Head of Commonweath Observers says poll could have been better if recommendations adopted

8:19 am on 2 August 2010

The Chairman of the Commonwealth Observer Group in Solomon Islands says the current electoral process would have been better if all recommendations made after the 2006 elections had been adopted.

Dr Arthur Donahue QC told journalists in Honiara that not all recommendations to improve the voter registration process made by the previous commonwealth observer group were agreed to.

He says the nine member Commonwealth Group is aware of allegations that some intending candidates are engaging in vote buying and other activities that break electoral regulations.

The Solomon Island Broadcasting Coporation says the Commonwealth observers will work alongside a larger group of over 60 international election observers that will be watching electoral activities this week.