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March 9, 2021

Aihi Files For Supreme Court Review

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Former member for Kairuku Hiri, Paru Aihi, has filed for a supreme court review on the national court decision of 24th July 2014.

The national court threw out Aihi’s election petition on technical grounds.


Mr Aihi says after much consultation, he is convinced that he has a case to peruse with the supreme court.


The former member petitioned by-election results that declared Peter Isoaimo Member for Kairuku-Hiri.


Two local level government council presidents and two councillors from Kairuku Hiri electorate called a press conference yesterday to make an appeal to the former member.


They said going to the court will hinder service delivery. However, today the former member and petitioner, Paru Aihi, said he will not back down and abled the appeal as being influenced by personal interest.


Aihi said the decision to go to the supreme court for a review was not a unilateral one but that of many in the electorate WHO’supported him.


The former state minister dismissed the LLG president’s claim of hindering service delivery, stating that court proceedings do not stop access to electoral funds.


He argued Peter Isoaimo’s victory on grounds of bribery.


Aihi won the 2012 national general elections; however, was ousted when the court ruled in favour of the current Member’s election petition.


This saw Aihi as the losing candidate in the by-election going to court; however, his application was thrown out due to him not paying his K5, 000 security fee when filing his application.


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