As part of the deployment of the SIEO training team to Auki for the election training of senior officers for the West Kwaio Parliamentary by-election and the Waneagu Taelanasina Ward 18 Provincial by-election, the Acting Chief Electoral Officer, Mr.Fredrick Bosoboe made a courtesy call to the Hon. Premier of Malaita Province this morning, 4 July 2022.
The Hon. Premier was briefed on the 2 by-elections eventuating in the Province, preparations, and acknowledging the support of the Province to the Commission in delivering these by-elections.
The brief courtesy call was witnessed by the DPS and Acting Provincial Secretary for Malaita Province, Mr.David Filia Tuita who is also our Election Manager for the by-elections.
SIEO Training Team leaves for Auki to conduct training of senior election officials for the West Kwaio National Parliamentary by-election and the Ward 18 of Malaita Provincial assembly by-election.
Both by-elections are proposed to be held simultaneously on the 21st of September 2022.
This begins a series of back-to-back election officials’ training scheduled for upcoming electoral events.
The three days training will run from the 4th – 6th of July. Training sessions include election administrations, field operations, voter awareness, finance management, recruitments, and human resource management.
Participants for this training are the election manager, returning officers, and assistant returning officers who will be administering these two by-elections on the ground.
The team is expected back in Honiara on the 7th of July and will again be deployed to conduct the next set of training for the voter registration update in Western and Choiseul Provinces.
This BVR training will bring together officers from Choiseul to Gizo and is scheduled to begin on the 11th of July in Gizo, Western Province.
Acting Chief Electoral Officer, Fredrick Bosoboe, who is leading the team echoes, "SIEO on behalf of the SIEC wants to acknowledge the Solomon Islands Government and our SECSIP/UNDP electoral project for financially supporting these training. Importantly, also the support by the Malaita Provincial Government for its administrative arrangements and logistical backing to the Commission".
SIEO Operation Manager, Mr. Fredrick Bosoboe was this morning, in a brief ceremony, sworn in as the Acting Chief Electoral Officer and Commissioner by His Excellency the Acting Governor General Hon Patteson Oti at Government House.
A brief introduction and welcome meeting this morning after the swearing-in ceremony was held at the Electoral Office, Mr. Bosoboe was humbled, but grateful for the recognition and recommendation to be appointed Acting CEO and Commissioner by the Commission and he looked forward to working with the team as usual to execute SIEO mandated activities during his time as acting CEO.
“I am humbled to take on this appointment as Acting Chief Electoral Officer and looking forward to continue working with the team as usual including our internal and external electoral stakeholders,” Mr. Bosoboe said.
Mr. Bosoboe is an electoral professional and from his wealth of knowledge and experience in election administration in Solomon Islands, he has gained a great deal of respect from the SIEC, SIEO colleagues and election field Officers.
The SIEO’s team often refers to him as our ‘go to person’ when it comes to our electoral processes and systems in the Solomon Islands context.
As the current Operation Manager, he is responsible for organising all electoral events and operational aspects for each electoral event for the SIEO. A wide range of experiences over past nationwide voter registration exercises, national general elections, provincial and city council elections, spanning over more than 17 years of electoral experience locally, regionally and internationally.
The Commission had recommended the appointment of Mr. Bosoboe as the acting CEO and Commissioner to the Judicial and Legal Service Commission. The Judicial Legal Service Commission then recommended to His Excellency the Governor-General that he be so appointed. This resulted in his formal appointment by the Governor-General and the swearing-in ceremony which followed.
The appointment of Mr. Bosoboe is very crucial and timely for the Electoral Office as it prepares for and conducts various electoral events in the coming months.
The position of the CEO was left vacant in April when the former CEO, Mrs. Jane Waetara, resigned to take up another appointment as Solomon Islands Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador to the United States and High Commissioner to Canada.
The Solomon Islands Electoral Office will be under the able guidance of Acting Chief Electoral Officer Mr. Fredrick Bosoboe until a substantive CEO is appointed.
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Solomon Islands Electoral Taskforce acknowledges participants from numerous stakeholder groups in Makira for their support and contributions during the two days electoral reform consultation program held in Kirakira last week.
It was a valuable set of discussions and investment of time as it was appreciated by participants for given the opportunity to share and freely express their views on the electoral reform agenda items that is currently in consultation nationwide.
The consultation continues and the Electoral Taskforce team will be leaving today (Friday 3rd June) from Honiara for Isabel Province, on their third provincial consultation program scheduled for the 6th and 7th of June, 2022.
Polling Day for Vuhokesa ward by-election ended successfully
Returning Officer, Mr Fred Warereau said that polling went on smoothly with no disturbances to the voting process.
Mr Warereau said that all set up was done in time and all polling stations were opened and closed on time.
“It was a quiet and peaceful day with a fair turned out. Voters turn up to cast their votes without influence”, Mr Warereau said.
All covid-19 measures were well observed by voters with polling officials in full covid-19 protective gears executing a covid-19 compliance voting process.
Counting of votes is expected to start as soon as all the ballot boxes arrives at Rove Police Club this evening.
Due to covid-19 compliance measure, we discourage crowding at the counting venues.
Then you Election Official and HCC by-Election Team and Electoral Commission Staff the logistic and support for making this a success polling day.
The Electoral Reform Taskforce will continue its consultation program with stakeholders in Makira province on the 23rd and 24th of May, 2022.
The team leaves today Friday 20th May for Kirakira ahead of the program.
This would be their second of its series of consultation programs to seek peoples’ view on major reform areas that are in the Solomon Islands Electoral Reform Strategic Framework (2019-2023).
The team will present and discuss relevant section of Honiara City Council Election Act 1999, Provincial Government Act 1997 and Electoral Act 2018 on areas where these laws can be synchronized for a possibility for combine election.
Combine elections will allow voters to go to the poll casting two votes at the same time to elect their Parliament Member and Provincial Assemblies Member or Honiara City Council Councilors on a day election.
It is also aim at discussing proposed amendments to some sections in the Electoral Act 2018 to improve efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of election services in future elections.
At the moment, each level of election conducts its election under different law hence, each has different timeline and polling day.
It’s always been a two sides argument to these proposed amendments and it is up to the people to give their view on both arguments.
Election is a process that provides the opportunity for citizens’ say in the development Policies of this country through elected leadership and hence it is a must and crucial action that people are consulted and be part of this law-making process.
Representatives from stakeholders within Makira Province are urged to present and give their views on these major reforms.
Stakeholders expected to attend the consultation includes representatives from provincial assembly members, provincial officers, civil society groups, village chiefs and community elders, churches, women groups, people with disabilities, youths and other recognized groups and business house within the province.
The first consultation program was held earlier this year with stakeholders from Central Islands Province.