The Solomon Islands minister of communication and aviation, Andrew Hanaria, has lost his seat after losing an election petition.

Justice Chetwynd ruled that Andrew Hanaria had used illegal corrupt ways in order to obtain votes in the 2010 general election.

The petition, brought by three losing candidates, alleged Mr. Hanaria or his supporters committed acts of bribery or corrupt or illegal practices by making payments in cash.

He was found to have bribed voters from his constituency through cash, handing out material goods and made promises during his campaigns before and the elections.

The Solomon Star reports the judgment added the petitioners limited their allegations only to acts of bribery rather then treating.