Electoral registration to start June
REGISTRATION for the 2018 National Elections will start in June this year.
This was confirmed by Minister for Home Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister Manasseh Maelanga in parliament on Monday.
Mr Maelanga said registration will start in the middle of this year.
He said currently there were no allocation in the 2017 national budget for this but allocation will be made available through the supplementary budget for this electoral registration.
He added that the issue of absentee voting is currently in its consultation process.
He said electoral officers are visiting all provinces on this matter, before considering it in their reforms for the next elections.
The 2018 National General Election is likely to be held towards the end of next year.
The last election was conducted on 19th November 2014.
Almost 300,000 people, many of them first-time voters, were eligible to cast their ballots for the 400 candidates vying for 50 seats at that time.
The last election was seen as a test of the country's stability after the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) spent 10 years and $2.6 billion restoring law and order following ethnic violence.
The 2014 election was observed by Commonwealth monitors, including Australian senator Linda Reynolds and MPs Bert van Manen and Sharon Claydon.
RAMSI has also brought in almost 100 officers from Australia, New Zealand, the Cook Islands, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Tonga and Tuvalu as a contingency.
This coming election will be the first since RAMSI departs Solomon Islands this coming June.
By AATAI JOHN