20 May 2019

Final day for submission of Solomons election petitions

3:01 pm on 20 May 2019

Today is the final day for the submission of election petitions in Solomon Islands.

Solomon Islands election result board

Photo: RNZ Pacific/ Koroi Hawkins

The office of the Registrar at the High Court has confirmed dozens of petitions have already been submitted, with the final number to be revealed tomorrow.

Despite widespread calls for change ahead of the election last month 70 percent of the incumbent MPs retained their seats and the prime minister Manasseh Sogavare's coalition government is a virtual carbon copy of the last administration.

Both old and new MPs feature among the petitions already submitted and some prominent names include Jackson Fiulaua, Augustine Auga and Peter Kenilorea Junior.

Under the country's new Electoral Act all election related petitions must be heard and decided within a year of being submitted.

Any decision made is final and cannot be appealed.

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