26 Jun 2012

Lusibaea ruled out of contesting his seat by Solomons AG

9:28 am on 26 June 2012

The Solomon Islands attorney general has advised the Electoral Commission, that former MP Jimmy Lusibaea is not eligible to contest the by-election for his constituency this year.

Lusibaea successfully contested the 2010 national elections only to lose his seat following an unlawful wounding conviction.

He was released by the Parole Board a year ago after serving only 41 days of a two year nine month prison sentence for shooting a hospitalised man in both knees and hitting a police officer over the head in 2000.

At the time, Lusibaea was a militia leader.

The attorney general, Billy Titiulu, says Lusibaea has been ruled out from recontesting his North Malaitan Constituency seat in the 1st of August by-elections.

He also adds he will not be able to contest any election until his sentence ends in December.

Lusibaea was one of two potential by-election candidates whose eligibility was shrouded in doubt, the other MP is Andrew Hanaria from the East Are Are constituency.

He was removed following a successful election petition taken up against his improper campaigning methods in 2010.

Hanaria's status for the August 1 election remains uncertain.

Nominations for candidates close on the 4th of July.