The Solomon Islands Electoral Commission says under the National Parliament Electoral Provisions Act, people who are not registered voters can contest National Elections.
But the Commission said candidates must be at least 21 years old and are Solomon Islands citizens.
It said there is a difference between the eligibility requirements under the National Parliament Electoral Provisions Act and the Political Parties Integrity Act.
The Electoral Commission said under the Political Parties Integrity Act, candidates intending to contest under various political parties’ banners must be registered voters as stipulated in Section 46 of the Act.
But it said the administration of Section 46 of the Act is the sole responsibility of the Political Parties Commission.
And all enquiries about the issue should be directed to that Commission.
Meanwhile, the Electoral Commission said it should be noted under the National Parliament Electoral Provisions Act, three nominators of candidates must be registered voters of the constituencies being contested.
In another development, the Political Parties Commission said it has received clearance of all the parties’ membership list.
The Commission’s Registrar, Calvin Ziru said the Electoral Commission has already issued a certificate on the list.
He said the Political Parties Commission will put out notices of the parties’ membership list at the weekend.
– George Atkin