Electoral Integrity, Citizens and ICT in Melanesia
This year is a landmark year for elections in Solomon Islands and Fiji. In August, Solomon Islands will go to the polls for the first time since the withdrawal of the military component of Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands, and the elections will for the first time be based on voter registration undertaken using a biometric roll. Elections to be held in Fiji in September are likely to be far more contentious. These elections will be the first since the military coup of 2006, and will involve significant numbers of the younger generation voting for the first time and ongoing uncertainty and confusion around the promised electoral Act.
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