Sky News host Peta Credlin says Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare is attempting to postpone the election meant to be held next year.
“The government of the Solomon Islands says they got to put them off because they’ve got international events, they can’t afford to do them in the same year,” she said.
“Critics say ‘well hang on, this is a pretty cunning move, this is to avoid the will of the people in democratic elections’.”
Ms Credlin said Foreign Minister Penny Wong has offered the Solomon Islands funds for the elections but Mr Sogavare, who is seen as a “China-friendly” prime minister, objected.
“That offer has now prompted an extraordinary attack from PM Sogavare calling Australia’s offer ‘an assault on our democracy’,” she said.