15 Feb 2013

Vanuatu opposition adamant Kilman was ineligible in October poll

12:08 pm on 15 February 2013

A Vanuatu opposition MP has rejected claims by the office of the Prime Minister Sato Kilman that he cleared a public debt which would have affected his eligibility to contest the recent election.

Willie Jimmy is considering appealing against last week's Supreme Court decision to strike out his petition on Mr Kilman's eligibility.

The petition alleged the Prime Minister hadn't settled his debt while other candidates were made to settle theirs before being allowed to stand.

With the petition struck out on a technicality, Mr Jimmy says the core issue still hasn't been addressed.

Mr Kilman's first political advisor, Richard Kaltongga, says the Lands Department advised the Electoral Commission that the Prime Minister cleared his debt before the election.

But Mr Jimmy says the debt is still owed.

"The case is before another court and Justice Fatiaki is handling the case right now, how to make some agreement with Sato Kilman to make installment payments towards settling the debt. The debt has not been cleared, that's very clear in the invoices that I have with the Department of Finance."

Willie Jimmy