Biometric Registration for Choiseul Province Successful

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THE Biometric Voter Registration update exercise in the three constituencies of Choiseul Province has been successfully completed.

Assistant Registration Officer (ARO) for North West Choiseul Constituency Pias Pondobatu confirms that phase 1 of the registration process in the province went smoothly during the registration period.

“The three teams deployed to the three constituencies visited all designated registration centres and successfully registered new registrants as well as facilitate legitimate transfers.

“North West Choiseul being the populous constituency in the province recorded a high number of applicants,” he said.

Mr Pondobatu revealed that most of the applicants were new registrants, including those who were eligible but still have not registered in the past.

“Good to see a high turnout and the registration of elderly people at some centres.

“We were quite strict too on the legal age. Some young people will have their birthdays next month but we have to turn them back,” the ARO said.

Assistant Registration Officer (ARO) for North West Choiseul Constituency Pias Pondobatu (pictured) confirms that phase 1 of the registration process for Choiseul province went smoothly during the registration period.

No cross-border registration was detected for Choiseul Province.

“Only inter-ward crossing was recorded.

“These are applicants who wish to change their place of residence, but within the same constituency,” Mr Pondobatu said.

He added that most that went to the Voter Registration Centres (VRC) reported ID card loss, change of names and update misspelt names.

Fifteen VRCs has been established for North West Choiseul Constituency starting at Ngarione to Taro station, 12 VRCs in South Choiseul Constituency starting at Nikumaroro to Sasamunga; and 12 in East Choiseul Constituency starting at Susuka to Pangoe.

All Registration Officers are expected to regroup at Taro station end of this week as the month-long exercise lapsed.

A North West Choiseul man checking his voter details at Barabarakakasa registration centre last week.