18 Nov 2020

Fomer PM's hopeful during today's by-elections in Solomon Islands

3:53 pm on 18 November 2020

Polling is underway in Solomon Islands for two by-elections one in the capital Honiara and the other in Guadalcanal Province.

Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Gordon Darcy Lilo

Gordon Darcy Lilo Photo: RNZI / Johnny Blades

Among the election candidates are two former prime ministers Derek Sikua, who is contesting in North East Guadalcanal, and Gordon Darcy Lilo who is contesting Central Honiara.

Both by-elections were called because the former members were found guilty of bribing voters during last year's elections.

Although they were not allowed to stand, their spouses are running in the by-election.

There are more than 15,000 registered voters in Central Honiara and just over 5000 in North East Guadalcanal.

A public holiday had been declared within the two constituencies to allow people to cast their votes.

Polls will close at 5pm local time.

The Electoral Commission said counting for both by-elections would start on Friday with results expected over the weekend.