Solomon Islands election 2024: Polling day workers cast early votes

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Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) voted
Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) voted on Friday in early official voting for the Solomon Islands general election. Image: Solomon Islands Electoral Commission/RNZ

The first votes of the 2024 Solomon Islands joint elections have been cast in Honiara on Friday.

The Solomon Islands Electoral Commission (SIEC) said pre-polling has been facilitated for police officers and electoral officials who will be working during polling day on April 17.

The pre-polling for working officials was held from 7am to 4pm local time.

For the election proper, 19 pre-polling locations have been organised across the 10 provinces.

The elections office is encouraging voters to check their details on the electoral commission’s polling station locator.

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force RSIPF turn up this morning and cast their votes at the Honiara Multi Purpose Hall.
Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) turned up on Friday and cast their votes at the Honiara Multipurpose Hall. Image: Solomon Islands Electoral Commission/RNZ

Meanwhile, the SIEC has clarified guidelines regarding elections campaigning after what it said were “misconceptions in the media”.

It said that according to the Electoral Act 2018, campaigning in all forms were permitted up until 24 hours before polling day, including but not limited to rallies, speeches and public parades.

“A recent news article in the Island Sun newspaper erroneously suggested that SIEC had advised against float parades in Honiara City,” it said in a statement.

“The SIEC clarifies that decisions regarding public floats and parades fall under the rightful jurisdiction of the Honiara City Council and the Royal Solomon Islands Police, not the SIEC.

“It is crucial for all stakeholders, including candidates, political parties, and the media, to adhere to the Electoral Act 2018 and conduct campaigns within the legal framework.”

The commission is urging local media to verify information before publishing so that it is accurate and maintains the integrity of the electoral process.

This article is republished under a community partnership agreement with RNZ.

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