18 Jun 2019

Solomons' police arrest provincial election candidate

4:03 pm on 18 June 2019

Solomon Islands police in Lata have arrested a candidate in last week's provincial election in Temotu Province, just days before the poll.

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Photo: RNZ/Koroi Hawkins

The provincial commander, Superintendent James Toaki, said the candidate allegedly attacked a vehicle with a crowbar, and made verbal threats such as cutting down trees and blocking a key road.

He said the suspect is being held in custody.

Mr Toaki has appealed to election candidates to accept the outcome of the polling and work together with whoever has won for the good of the communities.

He said police will not tolerate people taking the law into their own hands and has urged the public to report any incidents during the election so police can investigate and bring the matters to the court.