Ruling on electoral case adjourned

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Verdict on an electoral fraud case will be made when it is heard on May 14.

Principal Magistrate Felix Hollison will deliver his ruling on the case of a man alleged to have provided false information to a Solomon Islands Electoral Official in June 2018 during the voter registration period.

Hollison made the adjournment when the case was mentioned yesterday before court.

He said that he will deliver the ruling on May 14, 2021.

The accused of this case is Alif Vai who was accused for multiple registrations in 2018 for the National General Election.

He is charged with seven counts of Misleading Information under section 113 (2) of the Electoral Act which carries a maximum penalty of $50,000 – or five-years imprisonment or both.

Prosecution alleged that after the registration period was over electoral officials found him registering several times with different names and reported him to the police for investigation.

It is alleged that the accused registered to vote on seven separate occasions, using different names, dates of birth and other details on each occasion.

Prosecution also said that only one of the seven registrations allegedly included his correct details.

Office of the Director Public Prosecutions appears for the crown on the case