6 Jul 2020

Electoral challenge against Vanuatu speaker thrown out

9:41 am on 6 July 2020
Vanuatu parliament

Vanuatu parliament Photo: RNZ/Sally Round

A Vanuatu court has thrown out an election petition filed against the speaker of parliament, Gratien Shedrack.

The challenge was filed by the former justice minister, Don Ken, who lost his Malekula seat in the March elections.

Mr Ken had accused Mr Shedrack of bribery and corruption during the election campaign on Malekula.

But the Supreme Court threw out the case citing a lack of evidence.

10 election petitions have been filed against MPs in Vanuatu, all have failed.