23 Jan 2019

Electoral offenders to be dobbed in ahead of Solomons elections

10:24 am on 23 January 2019

Dozens of electoral offenders in Solomon Islands are to be reported to police prior to this year's general election .

Chief Electoral Officer Mose Saitala

Chief Electoral Officer Mose Saitala Photo: Supplied

The Solomon Islands Electoral Commission has identified more than a hundred electoral violations committed during voter registration late last year.

These include people attempting to register multiple times and providing false information to electoral officers.

The worst case involved an individual who tried to register himself 10 times across different constituencies.

The chief electoral officer Mose Saitala said prosecuting offenders will send a clear message to the public.

"For the registration period we have about 106 cases but police dont have that kind of capacity so we might go with the biggest offenders first and then we will see from there.

"Because right now there are also other offences that we are looking at and this is largely to those that have been campaigning outside the campaign period."

Mr Saitala said he expected the official date for the election to be released early next month.