First election petition case filed


Hon. Augustine Auga, MP for Lau and Baelelea. Photo credit: GCU.

The first election petition case following this year’s National General Elections has been filed at the High Court of Solomon Islands yesterday.

The Civil Case number 254 of 2019 was filed by Petitioner, Harry Philip who contested the Lau/Mbaelelea constituency seat in last month’s election.

Mr. Harry is suing the current Member of Parliament for that constituency, Hon. Augustine Maeue Auga for allegations of bribery, undue influence, interfering with ballot boxes and ballot boxes that have been tampered with, contrary to the Electoral Act 2018.

The Petitioner seeks an order that Hon. Augsutine Auga was not duly elected or returned and that his election was void.

Hon. Augustine Auga is the first respondent while the Attorney General is representing the Returning officer for Lau/Mbaelelea and Presiding officer for the constituency as the second and third respondents.

The High Court confirmed, the case has met all requirements needed for a petition.




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