POLLING officers at Western Province has found the new Biometric Voting Registration System (BVRS) to be working well in Wednesday’s national general election.
This came after Polling Officers have not encountered any problems with voters using double names and names of deceased as experienced in past elections.
The ten hours election kicked off at 7am to 5pm yesterday.
Under the system, registered voters would be identified with their identification cards and photos at the polling stations before they can cast their voters.
In cases where registered voters lost their cards, they can still vote if their photos are at the polling stations.
Election Manager Samson Tim said, the new system had created room for less corruption by tampering with voters’ materials.
He said registered voters can play around with their identification cards outside but not in the system because they would be caught during voting.
The BVRS was made following the amendment of the Parliamentary Electoral Provision Act in April 2013.
This gave the Electoral Commission the legal mandate to conduct Biometric Voter Registration of eligible voters in Solomon Islands.
By EDDIE OSIFELO