Deadline for the nomination period given to Gizo Kolombangara constituents to nominate candidates for the By-Election is closing in.

The 14-day nomination period started April 11, 2018 and will close 4pm April 25, 2018 (Wednesday).

The Office of the Solomon Islands Electoral Commission (SIEC) wishes to advise constituents and intending candidates of Gizo Kolombangara constituency, of the looming deadline.

SIEC in a press statement advised that completed nomination forms must be received with a non refundable nomination fee of $SBD2000, not later than the deadline.

“All contesting candidates must file their nomination with the Returning Officer no later than 4pm Wednesday, April 25,” the statement said.

Nomination forms can be collected from the Office of the Solomon Islands Electoral Commission in Honiara or from the Returning Officer, Mr. Christian Siale, in Gizo.

SIEC encourages constituents and intending contestants to file their nomination well away from the closing time 4pm Wednesday, April 25 to avoid any disappointment of their nomination being rejected because of non-compliance with the law. Filing your nomination much earlier will allow you to correct any errors that would have ruled your nomination invalid if found to be incomplete by 4pm, April 25.

SIEC added that a draw will be conducted at the close of nominations to determine the standing of candidates on a ballot paper.

This ballot paper draw will determine the order in which names of candidate will appear on the ballot paper and it is important that intending candidates or their agents are there to witness the draw.

Any candidate who wants to withdraw his/her candidacy for this by-election can do so before Saturday 28th April, 2018.

His Excellency the Governor General Sir Frank Ofagiro Kabui officially proclaimed Wednesday, 23rd May 2018 as the date for the Gizo Kolombangara By-Election.

The people of Gizo Kolombangara Constituency in the Western Province have had no national parliamentary representative since November 30, 2017 when their elected member of parliament lost his seat in a successful election petition against his election to the 10th Parliament.

SIEC would like to advise people of Gizo Kolombangara constituency, to continue to listen to SIBC and Radio Happy Lagoon, as well as other media outlets including SIEC’s Face book page for updates regarding important activities in the lead up to the By-Election.