16 Nov 2011

Solomon Islands capital calm ahead of vote for PM

6:27 am on 16 November 2011

The Solomon Islands capital is reportedly calm ahead of today's vote in Parliament for prime minster.

Six candidates are contesting the position made vacant by the sudden resignation of Danny Philip last Friday.

Previous votes for prime minister have sparked violence, most notably when the election of Snyder Rini in 2006 led to destructive rioting in the capital's Chinatown.

Correspondent Koroi Hawkins says there is a noticeably stronger police presence in the city, including undercover officers, while a liquor ban will be in force today.

He says the Regional Assistance Mission's participating police force will be on stand by but the Royal Solomon Islands Police will take the lead in managing security around the vote.

"They feel that they have what it takes and they have the intell [intelligence information] to do it. The feeling here on the ground, it doesn't feel like it did in the 2006 April riots - it is more expectancy rather than wanting a certain outcome. People have got six to choose from. From those six people will be either happy, disappointed or may be surprised in terms of who comes out on top."

Correspondent Koroi Hawkins.