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June 13, 2021
News Your Vote 2017

Polling in Central Province Begins

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Polling for the 2017 National General Election started today in parts of the country.

One of those places was the Rigo District in the Central Province.

Eligible voters lined up at the polling stations to have their say in leadership choice.

Gidobada Village in the Rigo Central Local Level Government was one of the first to go to the polls on day one of polling to exercise their democratic rights.

Set up at the polling station for Team 2 started at 8am and locals began casting their votes at about 10am.

Councillor for Ward 8, Taboro Gobia, said Gidobada Village has a voting population of 354 according to the recent Common Roll Update.

“Today started off well but there was slow movement of people from the village,” Mr Gobia said.

Present was the Melanesian Spearhead Group Election Observer. Scrutineers of the Rigo Open and Regional seat candidates where there to keep an eye on things.

There was also security presence.

No major incident was reported besides few frustrated individuals not happy about names missing from the Electoral Roll.

By 3pm, about 200 locals had cast their votes.

The polling team and election observers will move to other locations where similar one day polling will be held.

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