14 Nov 2014

Solomons court rules against unregistered political parties

5:39 pm on 14 November 2014

The High Court in Solomon Islands has ruled that parties which are not registered under the political parties integrity legislation can not contest next week's election.

The High Court in Honiara, Solomon Islands

The High Court in Honiara, Solomon Islands Photo: RNZI

The legislation was contested by MP Matthew Wale, who said it infringed upon his freedom of association under the constitution.

But the court disagreed, and upheld the Electoral Commission's right to ban parties that have not registered from participating in the election.

The ruling also means that, once elected, independent candidates must choose a political party if they wish to have any part in governing the country.