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Voters will have to travel home to vote

27 June 2014
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VOTERS who have registered to vote in their constituencies in the provinces will have to go back home to their respective constituencies to vote despite registering in Honiara.

The clarification came following questions on whether polling stations for provinces will also be stationed here in Honiara.

Malaita Ma’asina Forum (MMF) earlier this week raised the issue calling on the electoral commission to set up polling stations in Honiara for the provinces like what happened during the registration process.

Forum president Charles Dausabea said if no polling station is set in Honiara for the provinces, it will not do away with the usual corrupt practices of chartering boats to and from provincial polling stations.

Mr Dausabea said if only polling stations are set here in Honiara for the provinces, it will crack down on corruption practices and assist to attain a free and fair election.

“I see no reason as to why voting cannot be done in Honiara for the provinces when registration process was done in Honiara,” Mr Dausabea said.

But chief electoral officer Polycarp Haununu said there will be no polling stations set up in Honiara for the provinces.

Mr Haununu said anyone wishing to cast their ballots during Election Day will have to travel back to their respective provinces.

He added those registered at their particular constituencies have no choice but to travel back to their respective constituencies.

By DANIEL NAMOSUAIA

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