Savo Russells registration concerns are on cross-border where they claim these people are not genuine in their endeavor.
Concerned constituents from Savo Russells recently convened to address their reservations about cross-border registration. Chief Francis Moah, representing the people of Savo Russells, emphasized their unanimous agreement to discourage outsiders from registering within their constituency. Moah highlighted that Savo Russells is one of the Solomon Islands’ regions with a small population, and the constituents possess an intimate knowledge of their own.
“We are cautioning individuals who are not native to Savo or Russells against entering our constituency during the registration process. We have designated personnel at the registration centers who will closely monitor the individuals entering and exiting,” Moah stated. He expressed concern that cross-border voters are impeding the legitimate constituents of Savo Russells from accessing their Constituency Development Funds.
Moah lamented the disparity in resource allocation, saying, “Each constituency receives its share, but Savo Russells, being one of the smallest constituencies in the country, has little to show for in terms of RCDF (Constituency Development Fund).” He also voiced skepticism about the effectiveness of the omission and objection period, citing past experiences where objections had little impact on the final list of voters.
However, addressing these concerns, Joy Manu, Chief Operations Officer at the Electoral Office, clarified during a press conference that, during the omission and objection period, those with objections must be present throughout the process. Manu emphasized that objectors should provide testimony explaining why a specific registrant should not be allowed to vote in the constituency.
Furthermore, Chief Electoral Officer Jasper Anisi emphasised that no one should prevent anyone from registering. Anisi stressed that constituents who disagree with a registrant during the omission and objection period can raise objections and present their case during that period.
The concerns over cross-border registration in Savo Russells comes just during the first week of the nationwide biometric registration update.
The Solomon Islands Electoral Office is working closely with the police to ensure a smooth registration process for the people.