SUPPORTERS of losing candidates contesting the recent Central Honiara and North East Guadalcanal by-election have been asked to accept the outcome of the By-Election result.
The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) issued the appeal over the weekend following the declaration of the two winners.
The By-Election in both National Constituencies has become necessary after the Members of Parliament lost their seats in the election petition after the National General Election in April 2019.
Assistant Commissioner (AC) National Capital and Crime Prevention Simpson Pogeava in a statement issued via the Police Media Unit said; “RSIPF calls on all citizens, including chiefs, elders, church leaders, and all women, men and youth leaders of the two constituencies to assist your police in ensuring that our communities remain safe and peaceful after announcing the winning candidates of the By-Election.”
AC Poqeava said, “Police appeals to the good people of North East Guadalcanal and Central Honiara Constituency to accept the result of the By-Election in the two National Parliament Constituencies. Any concern or issues arising from the voting should be referred to the Solomon Islands Electoral Commission.”
He said it’s important for supporters to continue to show respect for one another and maintain peace as everyone did during the National General Election in 2019.
“Respect for one another is an integral part of Solomon Islands traditional culture. Do not allow any disagreements to cause divisions amongst us.
“A good number of police officers are on high visibility in the two constituencies to ensure our communities are peaceful to any act of violence,” said AC Pogeava.
He added, “RSIPF also wants to appeal directly to all candidates, supporters, and political party members to remember that your responsibilities as leaders during this period of voting. Please observe rules and regulations under the Electoral Act.”