TRIAL dates are yet to be fixed on the matter of the Chief of Staff in the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (OPMC), Robson Djokovic, who accused of fraudulent voting during the 2019 National General Election.
This was because it is still in the Pre-Trial Conference stage.
Djokovic had at the previous court date entered not guilty pleas to the charges of obtaining registration by false pretense Contrary to Section 311 of the Penal Code, fraudulent voting Contrary to Section 120 (c) of the Electoral Act 2018 and prohibition of a non-citizen from membership of a Political Party Contrary to section 41 (1) of the Political Parties Integrity Act 2014.
This matter was then adjourned to yesterday for a Pre-Trial Conference.
However, it was heard yesterday that the Pre-Trial Conference documents were yet to be sorted out between the prosecution and the defence.
Deputy Chief Magistrate, Ricky Iomea, therefore further adjourned the matter to March 7, to give more time for counsels to sort out the Pre-Trial Conference documents.
The prosecution alleged that Djokovic, whom the High Court ruled is a holder of an Australian passport and is not a Solomon Islands Citizen was a member of ‘Our Party’ that has been registered under the Political Parties Integrity Act.
The prosecution further alleged he also registered as a voter for the South Choiseul Constituency in 2019 National General Elections (NGE).
Djokovic was charged following the High Court’s judgment that declared him as an indigenous Solomon Islander but not a citizen of Solomon Islands.
By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN