Wednesday, 13 April 2011 10:04 AM

Faced With Petition Sikua Moves Ahead with Motion

Opposition Leader, Dr Derek Sikua, wants to go ahead with his planned no-confidence motion today, despite having to answer to a petition lodged against him.

The Opposition Leader gave notice of the motion to parliament at the end of last month.

He was expected to move the motion last Friday during the Private Members Motion but opted out at the last minute.

The delay has been attributed to the recent departure of five Opposition MPs to the government.

But new reports from parliament this morning say the Opposition Leader is determined to move the no-confidence motion in parliament before the conclusion of the sine die motion today.

Sources say that it would be possible given that the Parliamentary Standing Orders allows the delay of a sine die motion.

Meanwhile, the petition trial against Dr Sikua will continue this morning at the High Court.

More than ten witnesses have testified so far against the election of Dr Sikua, claiming that there were some serious irregularities in the 2010 elections.

Alfred Lovanitila, a losing candidate, lodged the petition against Dr Sikua citing allegations of bribery, treating, undue influence and breach of election rules.

Mr Lovanitila is also challenging the returning officers in the petition.

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