COURT DATE SET FOR P.E.C SAGA

The High Court of Solomon Islands. Photo credit: SIBC.

The High Court of Solomon Islands. Photo credit: SIBC.

The High Court case challenging the validity of the Members of Parliament Entitlements Commission (PEC) Amendment Regulation 2015 has been listed for first hearing on June 5.

The case number 175 of 2015 has been filed by private lawyer Andrew Radclyffe on behalf of claimants Waita Ben Tabusasi, Ruth Liloqula, Hon. Derick Manu’ari, Tony Hughes and Reverend Graham Mark.

The Counsel of the claimants said the PEC and Attorney General are to be served with the claim soon after the Court fixes a hearing date.

In a recent media release, Mr. Radclyffe explained, the claimants believe it is in the interest of all concerned that the validity or otherwise of the Regulation be determined by the court as soon as possible.

He adds the regulation include the MPs controversial tax-free salaries and the introduction of life pension for one term MPs.

The Claimant’s Counsel emphasised this case does not deal with the membership of the PEC because that would involve a change to the constitution, a matter for Parliament.

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