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Vanuatu PM’s Election Legally Challenged By MP
PM allegedly did not settle land rent debt before elections

By Len Garae

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, Nov. 28, 2012) – Port Vila MP and Leader of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Willie Jimmy has signed an Election Petition in his LDP Offices yesterday afternoon, to ask the Supreme Court to rule whether then Candidate Sato Kilman was eligible to contest the last general elections on October 30 without paying his Vt13 million [US$140,617] outstanding land rent.

The Electoral Commission allowed candidate Kilman to contest the October 30 national elections even though MP Jimmy says he did not settle his outstanding debt.

MP Jimmy says in his view the Electoral Office was totally wrong to have allowed PPP President and candidate for Lakatoro, Kilman to contest the October 30 elections. "He managed to get through during the 2012 elections and it is my intention to make sure that his case is brought to court for redress as no one is above the law," MP Jimmy says.

He wishes to thank his legal counsel Willie Daniel and other lawyers who have assisted in one way or another in providing legal assistance towards the case.

In addition he says there are other current MPs that also have debts with the Government and he hopes the law also catches up with them sooner or later.

Jimmy says it was not fair that he and other candidates had to do everything possible to comply with the law while candidate Kilman did not.

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