2 Nov 2009

Former Prime Minister in Solomon Islands wins by election after conviction

5:55 am on 2 November 2009

A former Prime Minister in Solomon Islands , Sir Allan Kemakeza, has retained his constituency's seat in parliament after winning last week's by-election by a comfortable margin.

Sir Allan lost his seat when he was convicted over a 2002 attack on a Honiara law firm and served 6 months of a 12 month sentence.

He retook his seat in parliament by winning 1,654 votes and his runner up Reginald Hill Kokili with 957 votes.

Sir Allan's win comes after questions were raised about his eligibility to contest the election after being convicted on criminal charges.

However a day before polling began, the Electoral Commission of Solomon Islands said under the electoral law any dispute would have to be taken to the High Court