Electoral office disputes claims of voter fraud

SOLOMON Islands’ Electoral Commission says a formal complaint must be made before it investigates claims of voter rigging. Voter registration was extended following the country’s flood disaster last month.  Chief electoral officer, Polycarp Haununu says the commission has not received any report of vote rigging, despite widespread rumours that voters are selling their identification cards…

Taiwan donates woodball equipment to St. Nicholas

THE Taiwanese embassy in Honiara has donated two sets of woodball equipment to St. Nicholas High School in Honiara, Thursday. Francis Soong, the embassy’s first secretary, delivered the equipment to the school. Mr Soong said his government was pleased to assist the school with the equipment, to be used by the student to play Woodball,…

RSIPF undertake community policing training

MEMBERS of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force from throughout the country are this week in Honiara undergoing community policing training supported by the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands Participating Police Force (RAMSI PPF). The 30 RSIPF officers are undertaking the B.L.A.S.T  (Blue Light Alternative Strategy for Teenagers) training which teaches the officers how…

SIDT prepares for election awareness

THEATRE group leaders of Solomon Islands Development Trust (SIDT) are under-going training ahead of next month’s election awareness programme in the provinces. SIDT’s Sei drama group has been engaged by the Electoral Commission to lead the election awareness programme. The group’s provincial based actors are in Honiara taking part in the training. Sei team leader…

Mother stabs herself, 3 suspect arrested

A 35-YEAR-OLD mother from Nagolau village, Isabel Province, stabbed herself early Sunday while three suspects were arrested at Buala station over the weekend for malicious damages. Isabel provincial police commander Jerry Rofomana said that the stabbing incident happened around 2am.  “The mother stabbed herself with a kitchen knife on the stomach, Mr Rofomana said. “The…

Bemobile pays $7.6m in tax

Minister of finance and treasury Rick Hou yesterday receives a cheque of $7.6million from Bemobile in outstanding goods tax paid directly to Inland Revenue Division (IRD). The brief ceremony was held at National Parliament yesterday. Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo was supposed to receive the payment but was too busy with the parliament meeting and…

Students concern about SINU computer system

STUDENTS studying at the Solomon Islands National University (SINU) have raised their concern over the slowness of computer services at the Kukum campus. They said that the problem started early this year when a window system was installed. The programme reqiures a registered student ID number and full name in order to access other installed…

Kirakira police gear up for festival

KIRAKIRA police, Makira Province, are on a policing awareness exercise ahead of next month’s Banana festival next month. Provincial police commander Richard Hane revealed this to the Solomon star yesterday from provincial capital Kirakira. “Clean-up of Kirakira town and awareness programmes have been carried out by my officers since Monday last week,” Mr Hane said.…

Work to reconnect bridge underway

Work on reconnecting the old damaged Mataniko bridge has kicked off early this week. The bridge was washed away during April 3 flash flooding. Its understood work on the bridge kicked off before the arrival the barley bridge next week. New Zealand government is supplying the new bridge. Already work on placing ground and steel…