Solomon Islands has recorded the highest number of candidates to contest a single constituency in the country's election history.
A total of 26 candidates will be contesting the September 23 by-election for the East Honiara Constituency, replacing imprisoned MP Charles Dausabea , who forfeited his seat after being convicted of embezzlement and sentenced to eighteen months in jail earlier this year.
Chief Electoral Officer, John Babalu, says in previous elections the highest number of candidates to contest a single constituency was 18.
Meanwhile, in the High Court tomorrow, Chief Justice Sir Albert Palmer, will determine the fate of Forestry Minister and former Prime Minister Sir Allan Kemakeza following a cross appeal by the Director of Public Prosecutions
The prosecution claims that his two months jail sentence for demanding money with menaces, committed while he was Prime Minister, was too lenient.