The candidate nomination period for the by-election was opended from 27th July to 10th August, 2022. A period of 7 days.
Candidate omination was facilitated by the Returning Officer for West Kwaio Constituency, Mr.Pearson Simi, at the Nomination Centre at Maoa Village, West Kwaio Constituency.
Six (6) Candidates were duly nominated by the close of nominations this afternoon. There is one (1) female and five (5) males.
Here are the names of candidates nominated.
JUDITH AHUAPATA FIKA
JOHN ARON MANI
JOHN KENNEDY TAUFUNU
A ballot paper draw was also held following the closure of nominations to determine the candidate standings order on the ballot paper. The draw was witnessed by candidate representatives, the election manager and election officials together with the public in and around Maoa Village in West Kwaio.
Candidates have until the 12th of August to withdraw their nomination if they have changed their intention to contest in the election.
Election official campaign is also open until 24 hours before polling day..
The Solomon Islands Election Commission wants to remind candidates that while doing their campaign, they must keep track on their campaign expenditures as each will have to file a statement of expense account on any cost relating to election campaigning.
It is required by law that candidates must file those expense account along with disclosure of any financial assistance rendered towards their election campaigning activities.
To cast an informed vote, it is important that constituents take the chance to listen to campaign rallies organized by candidates .
By-Election date for West Kwaio Constituency is set for 21st September, 2022.
For enquiry, please call SIEO enquiry line on Phone : 7222200
We have completed training for our ARO-Data this evening at the Multi Purpose Hall Conference Room.
The 2 days training program was aimed to equip our officers to be able to capture voter details and process data when registering eligible voters during the upcoming Western and Choiseul Provinces voter registration update.
Each of the officers will be deployed to respective constituencies for the voter registration update. The update begins 2nd August 2022, for not more than 21 days in the field.
The training was conducted by our trainers from the Training Unit and the Datacenter Unit.
We wish our officers all the best in carrying out their duties.
By-Election Date for West Kwaio Constitency is set for 21st September, 2022.
Acting Chief Electoral Officer, Mr Fredrick Bosoboe revealed this date after publication of the Election Date notice in the Gazzette yesterday 26th July, 2022.
In the election law, this legal gazzetted notice commences the candidates nomination period starting from today 27th July”,Mr Bosoboe said.
All intending candidate have until 10th of August 2022 to physically do their nomination with the Returning Officer< Mr. Pearson Simi, for the by-election.
Nomination center is at Maoa Village within the West Kwaio Constituency.
Nomination will be done electronically and therefore requiresintending candidates to do their nomination to physically present at the nomination center so that their photos can be captured to be printed on the ballot paper.
Acting Chief Electoral Officer, Mr Fredrick Bosoboe reminds candidates that intending candidates to adhere to nomination requirements to avoid disqualification.
“An intending candidate must be nominated by 3 registered voters who are registered and reside in the constituency where the candidate wants to stand, must be a registered voter for the constituency he/she intends to run for, must pay a none-refundable nomination fee of $5,000, must resign from his/her job if he/she is a public servant , must not be involved in any work in relation to the conduct of voter registration within the last 12 months, and must file his/her nomination with the constituency Returning Officer before close of the nomination period,” Mr Bosoboe explains.
He added that a candidate who represents a political party along section 65 of the Electoral Act must submit along with his/her nomination application form, a letter from the registrar of the office of political party commission certifying that; he/she is a registered member of the political party for which he/she seeks nomination for and that he/she is a party candidate.
Mr Bosoboe call on all intending candidates to note that, all nomination must be done by 4pm Wednesday 10th of August, 2022.
The Acting Chief Electoral Officer further explained that the election campaign period also commences after publication of the election date notice.
“Along section 62, It must end 24 hours before the polling day.”
Mr Bosoboe said that, the law remains the same and therefore, the penalties for breaching these election offenses remain unchanged.
He appealed to all good voters of West Kwaio Constituency to continue to support the election process towards polling day..
The Electoral Commission would like to acknowledge West Kwaio Consituents for your understanding and patience as it gears towards conducting the by-election
For enquiry, please call SIEO enquiry line on Phone : 7222200
“If only voters are informed with correct information that should help them to participate fully, and if only voters understand electoral processes and systems that assures them of their security and secrecy of their votes and participation, they can be confident and motivated to freely exercise their right by casting an informed and correct vote for a desired leadership”.
“And if only awareness teams are well trained and given the right information, supported with adequate resources to enable them to reach individual communities and hold well-presented awareness information sessions, then we can be assured that voters will be informed and be able to vote wisely”
These are the words of the Civic and Voter Awareness training workshop facilitator Mrs Philothea Paul during the Workshop in Gizo last week.
“These are the key objectives of this 4 days training workshop”, Mrs Paul said
Chief Electoral Officer and Commissioner (Acting) Mr Fredrick Bosoboe Congratulates the Civic Teams from Western and Choiseul provinces for Successfully completed the four days training Workshop Last Week.
“Congratulations Western and Choiseul Civic and voter awareness teams for your time and commitment to successfully complete the civic and voter awareness Training Workshop”, Mr Bosoboe said.
It was an intense four (4) days training delivery as civic teams from Choiseul and Western Provinces are equipped with theoretical content and practical sessions in preparing them for the planned provincial wide face to face civic and voter awareness program in the next couple weeks.
Civic and voter awareness teams have worked, walked and talked it through in understanding a full electoral knowledge information package covering topics from governance and election, gender and social inclusive, planning, budgeting and finances including introductory chapters on preparations and delivering a face-to-face awareness program.
It was a great deal of learning new knowledge acquired during the training, as many has attested to and have expressed in the training evaluations. It is also an eye opener for many and the Electoral Office has been able to gain more confidence in its electoral processes.
“When I heard people talking about election, the first thought that came to my mind is corruption and this workshop is an eye opener for me as I now come to understand the processes of election “Mrs Freda Moveni from North Vella la Vella shared her sentiment after the training.
“All I do is cast my ballot paper in exercising my right to vote without understanding what it means. From this training, I now came to realise that its more than casting a vote. I now understand and be able to link my vote to the bigger picture in governance and leadership”, Mr Jeff Nick of North East Choiseul Constituency also expressed.
Both provincial teams are expected to deploy into their respective constituencies over the weekend to start conducting awareness programs in the communities from 26th July to 17th August, 2022.
The civic teams will move in advance of the registration and election teams with all civic and voter messages, preaching the importance of participating, exercising their rights taking part in the higher decision-making process with their ballots in a correct way.
The teams will be moving ahead with the voter registration BVR team movement schedule, to pin up in communities to aware people on when the teams will be coming to and closer to their villages.
They will advance with the message to eligible registrants who require to register for the first time and those who need to updated their voter details to be able to do so when the teams come around to their villages and communities, encouraging them to register.
Registration is a must to exercising your voting right is one of the messages as the law requires a voter to appear on the voter list on a polling day before be able to be given a ballot paper to make her choice in choosing his/her representative on a poling day, Mrs Paul said.
“The message on what it means with the phase ‘the power of the ballot paper’ and What it means, ‘to updating your voter details and what to do’ are some of the messages that these team will be preaching during their visits in the communities”, She adds.
It is a complete pack for voters to be informed on information that will motivate them to participate in the democratic process of election.
Mr Bosoboe, Acting CEO, highlighted that to have face-to-face awareness programs are never cheap in the context of Solomon Islands and to bring such programs to Choiseul and Western Provinces with many scattered Islands will be logistically challenging.
In enabling this important project to roll out to our communities in Choiseul and Provinces, Solomon Islands Electoral Commission greatly appreciates the continuous support from its UNDP Project Strengthening Electoral Cycle in Solomon Islands Project - SECSIP for co-funding this face-to-face awareness program.
SIEO urged communities in and around Western and Choiseul Provinces to look out for these awareness groups to support and receive them into their communities.
Check your community notice boards for the schedules for these visits of these awareness teams and the registration data teams. These schedules will also be posted out on Electoral Commission Official website: www.siec.gov.sb or on Electoral Commission Face Book page.
For enquiries, you can also call the enquiry line on Phone 7222200.
Two boats with OBM and other Election Support Items were handed over to the Electoral Commission by UNDP Deputy Resident Representative and Country Manager, Mr Berdie Berdiyev and First Secretary to the Australian High Commission in a brief Ceremony earlier this week at Electoral Office’s warehouse. The ceremony was witnessed by all staff at the Solomon Islands Electoral Office and the SECSIP Project.
Speaking during the handing over ceremony, Mr. Berdiyev acknowledged the Government of Australia, the UNDP major donor partner to the Strengthening Electoral Cycle Solomon Island Project (SECSIP). SECSIP through financial commitment by Australia and UNDP will continue to provide its support to the Commission in achieving its main areas of project outputs, Mr Berdiyev pledged.
Similar sentiments were offered by the First Secretary of the Australian High Commission, Mrs. Kellie Raab, of its ongoing support to the Commission.
Acting Chief Electoral Officer, Mr Fredrick Bosoboe, received these items with deep appreciation on behalf of the Commission.
“Australia Government and UNDP through SECSIP has been supporting the Electoral Commission in fulfilment of its roles and responsibilities”. Mr Bosoboe said.
“I am grateful to the SECSIP/UNDP and the Australian Government for continuously coming to our aid”, Mr Bosoboe uttered.
Mr Bosoboe said that such assistance is timely as SIEO gears up to administer voter registration update in Western and Choiseul Provinces commencing in August 2022 and their provincial assembly elections that will follow suit in December”.
“Voter Registration Centres and polling stations within these two provinces are only accessible by sea transport and is not cheap. Boat hire makes up a considerable expense for Provincial Election Budgets during Electoral events and with the rising fuel prices surge in goods and services in the country, such cost-effective form of assistance will save monies intended for hiring of boats”, Mr Bosoboe said.
“A truly cost cutting assistance and we want to thank you”, Mr Bosoboe reiterated.
In the bigger picture, this is not only cross cutting but it is in line with the Commission’s plan to also establish its provincial election offices in all provinces.
This assistance also allows SIEO staff to soon take possession of new laptops and ICT equipment which will upgrade and enhance staff’s capabilities in carrying out their work.
With our recent upgrade of our office network and the installation of the fibre optic connection, we are optimistic our electoral services will soon go online.
“To our donors, we sincerely appreciate your support in equipping my team at the SIEO. Mr Bosoboe concludes
Items that were handed over includes two boats (23 Feet, Yamaha Rayboat) and two Outboard Motors with lifesaving gear (16 life jackets, 4 TELESCOPIC PADDLES, two anchor kits); COVID 19 protective equipment and products ( face protection shields for staff use, portable water devices to be placed at the entrance of venues for handwashing, hand-sanitizer gel, soap, hand gloves, face masks and hand wipe and other stationary kits in support of the voter registration campaigns, computer hardware, printing and scanning machines.
SECSIP’s funding support to the Electoral Commission has since 2014 is consistently provided and has achieved number of major projects which includes support towards the implementation of the biometric voter registration system and the elections in 2014 and 2019.
Such support has enabled Solomon Islands Electoral Commission to successfully introduced COVID 19 preventive and risk mitigating procedures and measures in its electoral processes, training staff and raising awareness amongst the electorate enabling the citizens of Solomon Islands to continue exercising their rights and electing their representatives in 2020 and 2021.
SECSIP III is an example of a successful collaboration where the efforts of the Solomon Islands Electoral authorities, UNDP SECSIP and Australia have been put together to continue advancing in the consolidation of democracy and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
In development towards achievement of these goals; together as partners; SIEO will continue to acknowledge and support such form of donor assistance for enhancement and strengthening the delivery of election services in the country.