21 Dec 2010

Guadalcanal election goes ahead amid allegations of bribery

9:41 am on 21 December 2010

The election of the premier of the Solomon Islands province of Guadalcanal will take place this morning amid allegations of bribery.

The Solomon Star reports one of the candidates Walter Naezon is rejecting claims from supporters of his opponent, Anthony Veke that Mr Naezon promised between 1300 and 1800 US dollars to lure provincial members to his camp.

Mr Veke's supporters also allege Mr Naezon sought the services of former Guadalcanal militants to round up members and secure their support with large amounts of money.

The group claimed Mr Naezon was doing this with the backing of Malaysian loggers in the country.

However, Mr Naezon is denying loggers or ex-militants are involved in his campaign.

He says the allegations have been made up by people who do not want to see change in the province.