23 Jul 2019

Solomons election candidates fail to account for campaign

From , 3:03 pm on 23 July 2019

More than 80 election candidates in Solomon Islands could face prosecution after failing to account for their election campaign spending.

The electoral office says the deadline to submit expenses lapsed on Saturday, with only 244 of the 328 candidates who contested April's election attempting to account for their spending.

Six submissions were rejected for being incomplete, meaning 84 candidates will have their names forwarded to the police for possible prosecution.

The chief electoral officer, Mose Saitala, told Koroi Hawkins if convicted they could face up to 2 years in imprisonment or a $US2,300 fine.

Solomon Islands election result board

Photo: RNZ Pacific/ Koroi Hawkins