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Fiji opposition leader Rabuka says court’s election petition decision 'deeply disappointing'

SODELPA, with the National Federation Party, had presented the petition, challenging aspects of the election process.

They planned to call eight witnesses but the court approved only two.

The parties then withdrew the petition.

Mr Rabuka said it was a decision not taken lightly.

He said the parties believed all eight witnesses were crucial to establishing the grounds for the petition.



Nauru court to rule on whether petition properly served on president

Baron Waqa won back his seat in the Boe constituency with 246 votes but Dale Cecil, who won 144, accused him of bribery, treating and breaking advertising laws on Election Day.

Since filing the petition Mr Cecil has had his pension cancelled by the government.

A former president, Sprent Dabwido, says there is now a dispute about whether Mr Cecil properly served the petition on Mr Waqa.

Five election petitions to be heard in Court

The election petitions are against the Kia-Hograno-Havulei Member of Parliament Jeremiah Manele, Northwest Guadalcanal MP Bodo Detkke, Fataleka MP Steve Abana, the Central Islands MP Bartholomew Parapolo, and the Member of Parliament for Temotu-Vatud Freda Comua.

The petitions were lodged by losing candidates in the National General elections last year.

A total of fifteen election petition were lodged after last year’s National General Elections, most of them citing bribery, treating and undue influence among their claims.