A failed Victorian election candidate has accused Premier Daniel Andrews of bribery at last year's state election.
Brendan Eckel, who won 467 votes as an independent candidate in the Buninyong electorate, on Thursday sought to have November's election result declared void based on allegations Mr Andrews and Labor Party state secretary Samuel Rae engaged in bribery.
Both Mr Andrews and Mr Rae are disputing the allegations and their lawyer described the claims as having no real prospect of success.
Specifics of the allegations weren't revealed during the Supreme Court hearing, but Mr Eckel confirmed it stems from his uncomfortable feelings about the party's repayment of $388,000, found to have been taxpayer funds to pay for party campaign staff during the 2014 election.
Mr Eckel told the court he'd surveyed people in the Buninyong electorate heartland and found some admitted the repayment had influenced their vote.
Mr Eckel sought that Mr Andrews and Mr Rae represent themselves in the Court of Disputed Returns hearing to even the playing field with his self-representation.
But Justice Timothy Ginnane said given circumstances, including Mr Andrews' role as premier, it was unrealistic to expect them to appear and put arguments themselves.
Barrister Olaf Ciolek said he would make an application for summary dismissal of the case on the grounds Mr Eckel's petition to the court had "deficiencies" and no real prospect of success.
He said it was "inconceivable" that Mr Eckel could produce evidence to satisfy the court of the conduct alleged.
Newly-elected Buninyong MP, Labor's Michaela Settle, was also added to the lawsuit on Thursday.
Mr Ciolek said there was no allegation of bribery against Ms Settle, which would not allow the court to overturn the election result.
Justice Ginnane will hear further arguments on March 21 before deciding if the complaint will be dismissed or proceed to hearing.
Mr Eckel, a psychiatric nurse, received 1.21 per cent of votes in the electorate.
He also told the court he felt the matter was one for the police and not the court to deal with in this scenario and was considering if he should proceed.
Justice Ginnane said he best decide quickly because given the case involves the current makeup of the state parliament it was important it be dealt with quickly.