287,567 voters are registered to vote in the up-coming National Elections, the Solomon Islands Electoral Commission has revealed.
The SIEC has completed the settlement of the Final Voters List having removed almost 6000 attempted ‘double’ registrations.
“We now have a highly accurate voters list that closely reflects the number of eligible voters in the country,” Chief Electoral Officer Polycarp Haununu said.
“The BVR process has successfully removed more than 160,000 fraudulent, incorrect or duplicate registrations from our voters list. This new, clean list will contribute to the running of a fair and credible election.”
During the Public Inquiry Hearings that were held in late August and early September, 2725 claims of objection were heard across the country. Of these, 1741 were approved and 984 were rejected.
Public Inquiry Hearings also considered 2018 notices of omission of which 1853 were approved and 165 were rejected.
“The public inquiries were run smoothly and in a professional and efficient manner,” Mr Haununu said.
“This is an important process and it is a credit to our hard working Revising Officers in the field that this process has gone so smoothly.”
“It is important that everyone, right across the country, is aware that if you have not registered you will not be able to vote.”
The Commission notes that of the final list comprises at total of 139,059 female and 148,508 male electors.
With the Final Voters List now complete, the SIEC has begun printing the electoral rolls that will feature a picture of every registered voter to make sure that everyone can only vote once.
“The picture roll is just one of a range of security measures that the SIEC has put in place to ensure that everyone can only vote once,” Mr Haununu said.
“Other important security measures include the new, single, transparent ballot boxes and a new system of dipping the little finger of each voter in indelible ink to signify that they have voted. Voters should be aware that this ink may take several weeks to wash off entirely.”
The Electoral Commission is continuing to make sure that all preparations are made ahead of the Governor General’s official proclamation of the election date