The Solomon Islands Electoral Office (SIEO) has successfully executed the first ever pre-poll voting – trialing it out with police officers and Election workers.
Pre-poll voting is catered for in the Electoral Act 2018 Section 94 which states that an elector is eligible to vote in pre-poll voting if the elector is an electoral official who will be engaged in the conduct of the election on polling day, or a police officer who will be engaged in the conduct of the election on polling day or belongs to a class of electors prescribed by regulation to be so eligible.
Solomon Islands Electoral Office has decided to roll out the first ever pre-poll voting under the Electoral Act 2018, commencing with Electoral Officials and Police officers who will be engaged during polling day.
The pre-poll voting commenced at 7am and ended 5pm on March 21st, 2019.
“The current group of approved pre-poll applicants was minimal to start with, and from lessons learnt, pre-poll voting will be improved, and other class of electors prescribed by regulation will be given the equal opportunity in future elections."
Pre-poll voting yesterday took place in Honiara and all provincial headquarters. The votes will then be transported to respective constituencies and included for polling on April 3rd.
Source: Solomon Islands Electoral Commission