Journalists from the mainstream media in the country have completed their two days refresher election training in Honiara, Saturday.
The training was organised by the Solomon Islands Electoral Commission (SIEC) together with the Media Association of Solomon islands (MASI).
It is for local journalist to refresh themselves on their roles in election reporting, as the country is heading for another national general election this year.
“It is very important for Journalists to attend such a refresher training to prepare them for the upcoming general election this year,” President of MASI, Charles Kadamana said.
He added that the role of Journalists is very crucial in any election, to make it free and fair for a democratic country like Solomon Islands.
The journalists mostly covered some sections in the new Electoral Act 2018, to give them fair idea on what to do during this upcoming election.
Kadamana said media is the fourth-arm of democracy and so it is important that journalists are familiarized with all these laws, to make sure that everyone played accordingly.
The MASI presidentadded that it is important to have this training in place for Journalist to attend.
The Election Media Refresher is part of a series of trainings conducted since 2017.
This was made possible with the collaboration of SIEC, SECSIP and MASI.
SECSIP is a project under UNDP which is funded by the Australian Government, European Union and UNDP, financially supports the trainings.
The training started on Friday and ended, Saturday.
By LESLEY SANGA