ELECTION OBSERVERS TO WATCH OUT FOR FREEDOM IN BALLOT CASTING
Commonwealth Election observers will be watching out for issues of freedom in relation to casting ballots during this week’s elections.
A total of eleven observers will be deployed to various locations in Malaita, Western, Isabel, Central and Guadalcanal Provinces to observe activities at polling stations on polling day.
Chair of Seychelles Electoral Commission, Hendrick Gappy, told a press conference earlier this month there are various issues in any elections, and observers will be looking at freedom to cast ballots, and if ballots were not compromised.
“I remember in 2001 we were here with my colleague, at that time you’ve had small ballot boxes. Now we find you have moved to a more modern and more better way of doing things, you’ve got one box and all the ballot papers goes into one box and that’s an improvement but again it shows that with modern technology there are improvements. But I think at the end of the day what we want to see is the freedom of people entering the station and made their own choice.”
The Commonwealth Observers will be in Solomon Islands until November 29.