HIGH COURT TO DELIVER VERDICT ON CERTAIN PROVISIONS OF PARTY ACT

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

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

The High Court will deliver its verdict Thursday next week, on whether certain provisions within the Political Parties Integrity Act were Unconstitutional.

The Solomon Islands Democratic Party is challenging the Act in a case it filed against the Political Parties Commission.

Chief Justice Sir Albert Palmer heard the case this week.

Among the claims the Party seeks the Court to clarify, is whether section 45 of the Political Parties Integrity Act 2014 contravenes section 13 of the national constitution.

The case also seek the law to clarify whether section 19 of the Political Parties Integrity Act 2014 is contrary to section 13 of the National Constitution to the extent that section 19 only allows persons registered under the National Parliament Electoral Provisions Act to belong to a political party.

A third question in the case, is whether sections or provisions within the Political Parties Integrity Act 2014 prohibits the Solomon
Islands Democratic Party, being an unregistered political Party, from forming a coalition or signing a coalition agreement with a registered political party with any independent or a group of Independent Members of Parliament.

The ruling has been set down for Thursday morning next week.

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