Monday, 25 January 2010 9:44 AM

Electoral Commission to Hold Public Information Day

Chief Electoral Officer, Mr Polycarp Haununu, says the Electoral Commission will be holding a free Official Public Information Day this week to give people the chance to find out more about voter registration.

The Information Day is part of the commencement of voter registration activities which begin this week across Solomon Islands.

The Chairman of the Electoral Commission, Rt. Hon. Sir Peter Kenilorea, will open the Official Public Information Day on Sunday 31 January starting 1pm and finishing at 5pm, at the new Maranatha SDA Centre, Burns Creek.

Popular artists Sharzy and Lite Life will be playing throughout the day, food and drinks will be available, and staff from the Electoral Commission and voter registration officials will be giving out information and answering questions.

Mr Haununu said that with the commencement of voter registration activities this week, it was vital that people had information so that they understood how to make sure that they were registered as a voter in one place only and with one name only.

"Voter registration is conducted by the Electoral Commission, but it is really requires the whole country to be informed, come together and work together to build a final voters' list that is true", Mr Haununu said.

"This week registration officials are being trained in every province to know the law and do their job well so that every eligible person gets the chance to register themselves and has the right to vote on election day," Mr Haununu said.

"After the training, registration officials have 60 days to reach every house in the ward that they have been allocated. They will be carrying with them the old 2006 voters' list for people to check, and if their name is not on the list then they need to fill out a registration form - Form B."

"People should also tell the registration official if there are names on the list of people who have died or no longer live in that place."

"This is the first step in helping the Electoral Commission make sure that people are only registered to vote in one place, with one name only."

"With the support of the good people of Solomon Islands, together we can make a list that gives eligible voter the right to vote once, in one place only on election day."

Mr Haununu encouraged the public to come to the Official Public Information Day, Sunday 31 January, 1-5pm, at the new Maranatha SDA Centre, Burns Creek.

"The day will be fun, and with information, music and food, will have something for everyone," Mr Haununu said.

"We especially want to encourage women and young people to come and find out about voter registration and elections."

"People get one chance every four years to choose who they want to represent them in the National Parliament. We want to give people the information so they can exercise their right to participate in this democratic process," Mr Haununu said.

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