Vai trial starts Tuesday - Solomon Star News

Vai trial starts Tuesday

26 November 2019
Voters queuing up to register during the registration period in December of 2018.

A TRIAL will start today on the case of the man accused of registering in several constituencies using different names.

Alif Vai, 50, is standing trial for seven counts of obtaining registration license by false pretence, under the Penal Code.

He was initially charged with seven counts of misleading information under section 133 (2) of the Electoral Act.

Those charges were however amended and laid under the Penal Code.

This was because the Electoral Act came into effect on 25 September 2018, which was after the registration period.

Vai allegedly committed the offences before that Act came into force.

The hearing was listed to start before Principal Magistrate Felix Hollison yesterday.

Public Prosecutor Jasper Anisi however sought an adjournment to today for the trial.

This is to give time for him to speak with the defence counsel and sort out documents on the file before the trial proper starts today.

Vai allegedly committed the offences during the registration period last year, before the election.

Vai allegedly registered in seven different constituencies using seven different names, dates of birth and other details on each occasions.

Ben Alasia of Public Solicitor’s Office represents Vai.