21 Mar 2019

Solomon Islands first ever pre-poll underway

8:34 am on 21 March 2019

Limited pre-polling for the National General Election opens today in Solomon Islands.

It is the first time the process has been introduced under the country's new Electoral Act.

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Photo: RNZI Koroi Hawkins

Only those electoral officials and police officers who will be involved in conducting the election on the third of April and who have registered for pre-polling will be able to cast their votes today.

A statement from the electoral office said uptake has been low for the inaugral pre-poll but there will be valuable lessons learned and applied to plans to extend the service to other electors in future elections.

Pre-polling will take place in Honiara and all provincial headquarters after which the votes will be transported to respective constituencies and added to votes cast on 3 April.

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