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Five candidates have been nominated to contest the Gizo/Kolombangara constituency by-election next month.

The Office of the Solomon Islands Electoral Commission as of the close of the nomination period, 4pm Wednesday this week, received five nominations.

Returning Officer Christian Siale immediately after the close of nomination on Wednesday conducted a draw in Gizo, to determine the standing of candidates on the ballot paper.

The order of names on the ballot paper as a result of the draw is as follows:

  1. Lanelle OlandreaTanangada

  2. Gordon Darcy Lilo

  3. Peter Soqoilo

  4. Ronald Philips Dive

  5. Kenneth Bulehite

According to the process, publication of the List of Candidates at the close of nominations will be published throughout the constituency as of today (Thursday 26th April).

The Solomon Islands Electoral Commission (SIEC) in a press statement said the current standings are still subject to change if any candidate withdraws.

“After the close of nominations on Wednesday this week, 72 hours (3 days) was given, according to the Electoral Act, for any candidates wishing to withdraw to do so,” the statement said.

SIEC said the final list of confirmed candidates will be published after the withdrawal period lapses on April 28, 4pm (Saturday).

Any candidates who wish to withdraw must do so in writing to the Returning Officer, within 72 hours after the close of nominations.

The Returning Officer wish to acknowledge the good people of Gizo Kolombangara for respecting and allowing the process to reach this far and would call for the same support and cooperation of the public during this campaign period to respect each other’s rights.

His Excellency the Governor General Sir Frank OfagiroKabui officially proclaimed Wednesday, 23rd May 2018 as the date for the Gizo Kolombangara By-Election.

SIEC would like to advise voters from Gizo Kolombangara constituency, to be prepared to choose their representative and to listen to SIBC and Radio Happy Lagoon, as well as other media outlets including SIEC’s Face book page for updates regarding important activities in the lead up to the By-Election.