Two provincial ward By-Elections will also go to the poll on the 19th May along with South Choiseul National By-Election.

Chief Electoral Officer and Commissioner Mrs Jane Waetara confirmed the election date appointed by the minister for provincial government and Institutional Strengthening Hon. Rolland Seleso.

“Hon Seleso in an election notice appointed 19th May as the election date to hold by-elections for Kirugela ward in East Choiseul and Tikopia Anuta ward in Temotu Vatud constituencies” , Mrs Waetara confirmed.

“This appointment notice detailed the by-elections’ schedule and its legal binding activities in the lead up to the Election day”, she said.

Mrs Waetara said that, the appointment of the date has initiated the 35 days election legal period which opens nomination of candidates for candidates wanting to run for the provincial ward by-elections

“The nomination period starts on the 14th and will close on the 21st April, 2021”, she said.

Candidate who wishes to contest in these by-elections must see the returning officers Mr Elvis Kekegolo for Tikopia Aunta ward and Nelson Tanito Kere for Kirugela ward at designated nomination centers to file their nomination application forms.

To be nominated, one must attain the age of 21 years, citizen of Solomon Islands and must be registered in the ward he/she intends to stand.

Nomination center for Tikopia and Auata ward is in Lata, Temotu Province and for Kirugela ward at Taro station.

Although, the two Provincial assemblies’ ward by-elections and the South Choiseul National By-Election will go to the poll on the same day, they have separate laws governing the conduct of their activities and therefore run separately.

Again, the Solomon Islands Electoral Commission wants to urge intending candidates that nomination for provincial elections now open until 21st to do your nomination. 

The provincial assemblies’ ward for Kirugela ward was left vacant after the passing away of the member for provincial assembly for that ward and the provincial member for Tikopia Anuta ward in Temotu province has be dismissed for non-compliance to provincial sitting ordinances.