The Suva High Court have given time to the counsel for SODELPA Leader Sitiveni Rabuka and National Federation Party Leader Professor Biman Prasad, to now advertise the election petition in the two newspapers.

This is for the 28 respondents in the election petition case which is before the Court of Disputed Returns.

The Suva High Court was filled with SODELPA and NFP supporters, together with the Leader of Opposition, as they eagerly await the decision of the court on the next course of action to take.

This morning the court heard decided to accept the petitioner’s request for substitutive services.
SODELPA and NFP will advertise the petitions on the daily newspapers.

Out of the 29 respondents, only the Supervisor of Elections was served with the petition.

SODELPA and NFP are challenging the outcome of the 2018 General Elections.

The duo are also claiming unlawful conduct by the election candidates and alleged breaches by the Supervisor of Elections.

Filimoni Vosarogo and John Apted represented the petitioners, said they made efforts to serve the petition but claimed that the respondents evaded the service and locked themselves at the Suvavou House in Suva.

Davenesh Sharma who represented the FijiFirst General Secretary, told the court that the matter should be struck out as there was no application for any alternative action before the court gave its instruction on Tuesday, nor yesterday, before their 24 hour deadline had ended.

Sharma added that there was no proper evidence given that the respondents had evaded their service. If so, a proper application should have been made to the court.

The Solicitor General Sharvada Sharma said the petitioners had chosen to file the petition on the last day of the 21 day appeal period.

He added that 5 days were lost as a result of this.

The matter has been adjourned to Monday for any redirection.

Justice Kamal Kumar said because of the time constraints, the hearing may take place next weekend where all Members of Parliament are expected to appear in court in the interest of justice.

Meanwhile security are tightened at the Government Building.

There are ropes put up by the police and all entries to the court house have been closed.

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