THE Guadalcanal Provincial election has attracted low turnout of voters on Wednesday.
Unlike the recent national general elections, many people in the province and around the country came out to elect their members of parliament.
Acting paramount chief of Saghalu ward, John Batista Kaoni blamed the low turnout of voters on Ministry of Provincial Government and Institutional Strengthening’s reluctant to declare a national public holiday for provincial elections.
Kaoni said, the national government should treat the province fairly by making public holiday so every people could participate in electing their provincial leaders.
He said this is something the national government should improve on in the next four years.
Solomon Stringer, John Toki, who visited some polling booths on North West Guadalcanal said there were empty, compared to the recent national election.
Toki said, most of the people came to the market to sell their products and do their own things, rather than casting their votes for their provincial leaders.
Counting for Guadalcanal 21 wards was completed by Thursday.
Meanwhile, Central, Malaita, Renbel, and Temotu have also held their elections on Wednesday while Isabel conducted their election on Thursday.
By EDDIE OSIFELO