Wednesday, 24 September 2008 12:53 PM

People Caught Voting Using Different Names

The East Honiara Election is said to be fraught with voting irregularities, the most common being voters using different names to vote.

Visiting one of the polling stations yesterday Solomon Times saw a good number of people being taken away by the Police for voting under different names.

A polling officer said that the most bizarre was one man wanting to vote on behalf of his daughter whose name is Samantha. "He also tried to convince us that his name is Sam...short for Samantha."

Similar incidents occurred at different polling stations, with some accusing each other of 'identity theft'.

"It is really difficult to control these people, especially when there is no identification of any sort," said one polling officer, frustrated with the ongoing delays caused by such arguments.

On record, there is a total of 42,179 registered voters in East Honiara, most, if not all, do not have proper ID.

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