All Solomon Islands citizens that are aged 18 and above and who ordinarily reside in the ward that they want to vote in can register as a voter.
However, the following people are not eligible to register as voters
- Anyone who is under the age of 18 years.
- People who are not Solomon Islands citizens
- People that are medically certified as having a mental disorder.
- People who have been sentenced to a period of six months or more imprisonment.
- People convicted of electoral offences whom the High Court has declared to be disqualified for registration as voters or from voting in an election.
- People disqualified from registering as a voter under any law in-force in the Solomon Islands.
In a democratic society like the Solomon Islands, your vote is your voice. Democracy allows citizens to exercise their rights to freedom of choice, freedom of expression, belief and opinion, freedom of assembly and freedom to vote. These are important rights which must be protected and upheld by the people participating in elections. Elections are, therefore, building blocks of democracy. By voting, citizens gain control over their lives and what happens in their communities. They have the opportunity to elect candidates who address their interests and concerns and reflect beliefs, values and wishes of the majority of the population.
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In a democracy, all registered voters have the right to nominate and be nominated as candidates and to vote for a candidate. Women, youths and people with disabilities are particularly encouraged to participate in elections.