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Voting begins in Solomon Islands’ parliamentary election


Voting in the Solomon Islands’ parliamentary election began on Wednesday morning after the opening of polling stations across the country.

The early hours of voting were so far peaceful, even in highly contested constituencies such as Fataleka Constituency and Ward 5 in West Fataleka.

A total of 334 candidates are vying for 50 seats in the parliamentary election. Party-affiliated candidates outnumber independent candidates 219 to 115.

Thirteen political parties are contesting the election of the national parliament.

Voters cast their ballots in a joint election, encompassing both national and provincial elections.

A total of 816 candidates are contending for positions in the provincial assemblies and 89 for the Honiara City Council.

Polls opened at 7 a.m. local time (2000 GMT on Tuesday) and will close at 4 p.m. (0500 GMT) in the country.

Election results are expected to be released starting Thursday.

The national and provincial governments will by law be formed within the next 14 days respectively by members of the national parliament and members of the provincial assemblies. They will govern for a four-year term.

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