AS the Christmas festive season is fast approaching, passenger boats are now busy transporting people to the provinces.
Western Province is no exception where you can see many people, both workers and students traveling back to their respective villages to spend their holiday time with their families.
Already several passenger boats made their trips to the province; this includes MV Fair Glory, MV Marina II, Pelican 96 and MV Fair Lady.
Some of the passenger boat already made their 2nd and 3rd trip from Honiara to every calling port within Western Province from Bunikalo to Gizo, the last port in Western Province.
Most of the passengers that are travelling down to Western Province included students, working class people taking their annual leave, voters that are registered who are due to cast their votes on Wednesday.
Speaking to this paper in an interview yesterday, a passenger from Vella arrived in Gizo said that almost every passenger on board MV Fair Glory that arrived in Gizo yesterday are voters.
The passenger said some of the passengers already dropped off at their respective ports and were travelling back to their homes.
“The remaining passengers that dropped in Gizo are some of the voters from surrounding islands like Rannogah, Simbo, Vella, Kolombangara, Shortland Islands and also some from Choiseul Province,” the passenger said.
The recent trip was seen fully packed with many passengers even though many have already dropped at their calling ports.
Following the arrival of the passenger’s boat in Gizo, Gizo town is already packed and the streets, shops, market, banks are now fully packed in the morning till the afternoon.
May have arrived to conduct their shopping whilst the majority of the people are currently busy with the election matters.
Many have expressed that this festive season has a lot of mixed feelings of excitement, and this is because of the Christmas season, the election day of Western Province to elect their new provincial assembly representative and the recent World Cup fever that is ready to go into the grand final match next week.
The province is expected to see an influx of people arriving in the coming weeks.
By ULUTAH GINA
Solomon Star, Gizo