The chief electoral officer in Solomon Islands says higher nomination fees could see fewer candidates contesting this year's election.
Since nominations closed yesterday, 304 candidates had been tallied though several constituencies are yet to submit their final lists.
There were 450 candidates in 2014 and more than 500 in 2010.
This year the nomination fee was raised from $US250 to $US620.
Mose Saitala told Koroi Hawkins the fees are a definite factor in the decrease in numbers.