Investigations on Vokia still ongoing

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BY JENNIFER KUSAPA

Criminal investigations against the former MP of North East Guadalcanal Jamie Vokia is still ongoing.

This is on the bribery allegation that occurred prior to the 2019 National General Election.

Responding to queries by this paper on the progress of the case, Police Media Unit said that the National Criminal Investigation Department (NCID) are investigating the matter.

“It will take time to thoroughly look into such case to bring before the courts,” Police said.

Vokia was ousted on three bribery allegations under the electoral act during the 2019 national general elections.

Vokia unseated his runner up, former MP Dr Derek Sikua 1,835 to 1629 votes, during last year’s election in one of the biggest election result upsets.

However, Sikua filed an election petition which court upheld in February last year, finding Vokia guilty on three grounds of bribery.

Justice Emmanuel Kouhota ruled that Vokia’s election as MP for Northeast Guadalcanal is null and void.

Vokia was tried on four grounds but Justice Kouhota dismissed one ground of bribery.


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