The Solomon Islands National General Election will be held on Wednesday 19th November, following today’s official proclamation by the Governor General, Sir Frank Kabui.
A two-week period for nomination of candidates will start on Wednesday 8th October.
Chief Electoral Officer Polycarp Haununu has confirmed the election date as Wednesday 19th November, 2014 - the tenth National General Election conducted in Solomon Islands since Independence.
The Chief Electoral Officer thanked the media for their support in helping the Electoral Commission to inform people about the election process and their rights and responsibilities leading up to and including Election Day.
“The Electoral Commission will continue to work with the media and the public to educate people about how to vote, election penalties and other important issues over the next 42 days so that everyone is aware of what is right and wrong by the time they reach their polling station on 19th November,” Mr Haununu said.
The Chief Electoral Officer also said that he looked forward to seeing the 287,567 registered voters on the roll cast their vote freely and fairly on Election Day especially the first time voters.
“This is a historic election for Solomon Islands. For the first time, our new, accurate, credible voters list will be used,” Mr Haununu said.
The proclamation opens the two week period for nomination of candidates.
“Wednesday 22nd October is the last day for candidates to provide their completed nomination form and a non-refundable nomination fee of $2,000 to the Returning Officer in the constituency that they wish to contest.
Eligible candidates must be a citizen of Solomon Islands and be aged 21 years or over and be nominated by three eligible nominators who are registered as a voter in the same constituency where the candidate is seeking to contest.
People cannot contest as a candidate if they are:
- •under prison sentence of six months or more
- •hold a position with the public service at time of nomination
Includes being employed as a teacher, nurse, provincial government officer or any other government employment.
Candidates who are contesting under parties will have to meet the parties’ candidacy requirements before successfully nominated.
Returning Officers now have until 11th November to post election notices in the 50 constituencies across the country.