An appeal court in Tonga has dismissed an MP's request to have a jury in the hearing on a election petition against him.
The Minister of Infrastructure, 'Etuate Lavulavu, had an election petition filed against him following accusations of bribery during his election campaign in November last year.
In April, Lord Chief Justice Paulsen had ruled there will be no jury in the hearing, but Mr Lavulavu appealed the decision.
Matangi Tonga reports the court dismissed the appeal, ruling the constitutional right to a jury in civil cases with disputes of fact did not apply, as the electoral matter is not strictly a civil action.
The hearing will proceed without a jury in November.