11 Mar 2016

Solomons' cabinet minister wins election petition case

9:38 am on 11 March 2016

The Solomon Islands High Court has dismissed an election petition against the foreign minister, Milner Tozaka.

Honiara High Court

Honiara High Court Photo: RNZ Koroi Hawkins

Mr Tozaka was petitioned by a losing candidate in the North Vella Lavella seat in the 2014 election, Jenning Movobule.

The dismissal was on technical grounds with Mr Movobule having had someone else file the petition on his behalf.

Meanwhile the court is continuing to hear a petition from former prime minister, Gordon Darcy Lilo, who has accused the minister of rural development and the MP for Gizo-Kolombangara, Jimson Tanangada, of bribery.