The Solomon Islands Electoral Commission has annouced that the Omissions and Objections period will be extended until August 11.
The Commission says the extension is necessary to give all registered voters more time to check their names on the Provisional Voters Lists and lodge claims of Omission or Objection if necessary.
“There were some small delays in getting the lists to some more remote areas,” Chief Electoral Officer Mr Polycarp Haununu said.
“It is important that everyone gets a chance to check their name so the Commison has acted swiftly and extended the Omissions and Objections period.”
The Provisional Voters Lists will remain in all Voter Registration Centres and SIEC Registration Officer will remain in the field until August 11.
“Small delays of this kind are inevitable in a registration process of this size. The SIEC has contingency plans in place and this extension will not affect the timeline for the preparation of the final voters list,” Mr Haununu said.
“The Omissions and Objection process is going well and our Registration Officers in the field are reporting that good numbers of people are turning out to check their names.”
If you registered during the Biometric Voter Registration earlier this year, but your name does not appear on the list, you should see your registration officer and file a ‘Claim of Omission”.
You can also file a Claim of Omission if you believe that the details on your registration are not correct.
Registered voters can also file a ‘Notice of objection’ if you believe that someone is on the list that shouldn’t be.
“This is a very important part of voter registration and again, we call on all registered voters to go and check that their names have appeared correctly on the Provisional Voters List, “ Mr Haununu said.
The SIEC is says that only people who registered during the Biometric Voter Registration period will appear on the Provisional Voters List.
“If you did not register during the BVR period, you will not be able to register to vote in this year’s election,” Mr Haununu said.
“There will not be another chance to register.”
Registered voters will now also be able to check their registration on the SIEC website, www.siec.gov.sb
“Simply login to the website, enter your voter ID number as it is displayed on your voter ID card and make sure all of your details are correct,” Mr Haununu said.
For the latest information on the Omissions and Objections period, tune in to the SIEC’s radio program, Wednesdays at 5.45 pm and Fridays at 6.15pm on SIBC.
Listeners can text in their questions to 775 0352 and SIEC staff will answer them during the program.