27 Aug 2010

Solomons concern over possible bribery claim in election petition

12:46 pm on 27 August 2010

The Chairman of the Solomon Islands Electoral Commission says he is greatly concerned that a petition lodged against a re-elected MP could focus on allegations of bribery.

According to SIBC News, two losing candidates of the Lau/Mbaelelea seat, Augustine Auga and John Meke, have lodged a petition against Walter Folatalu.

Sir Peter Kenilorea says although he has limited knowledge of the petition, he suspects the instigators might be accusing the MP of buying votes, which he hopes will be rectified in court.

"I think it will depend on those who are lodging the petition to ensure their witnesses of these alleged untoward actions to come up with the evidence of those untoward actions. I'm sure they must have got relevant evidence as to bring about the petition."

Sir Peter Kenilorea says if the MP is found guilty of violating election rules, he may lose his seat.