election petition

Petition against Sungi dismissed

Kumbakor filed the petition on August 30, disputing Joe Sungi's re-election as Nuku MP.

Sungi was declared member elect on July 20th.

His lawyer filed a motion, objecting the petition saying it was incompetent because it was filed late.

The two issues brought to court in that motion was that two public holidays fell between that period of declaration and the date the petition was filed.

The public holidays were Remembrance and Repentance day respectively. 

Kaupa goes to Supreme Court regarding petition

His lawyer, John Napu, will be seeking leave of the court today to review the decision of November 16, which allowed the petition to stay alive in the Court of Disputed Returns.

Kaupa filed a motion on Oct 18 seeking dismissal of the entire proceeding, claiming the petition was filed one day late.

The National Court ruled the petition was filed within the 40-day period after the declaration date and was on time.

The court said the public holiday on August 24 (National Repentance Day) does not affect the calculation as the petition was filed on the 40th day.

Tkatchenko asks court to dismiss petition

This is the first seat that was declared out of the four in the nation’s capital and now the first to go for trial in the Court of Disputed Returns before Justice David Cannings.

Petitioner Samson Kirilyo is challenging Tkatchenko’s election based on the scrutiny process of the Electoral Commission.

The trial commenced with the hearing of two applications, or objections, challenging the competency of the petition.

Tkatchenko’s objection was based on a requirement in the actual filing of the petition.

EC can file objection in Kandep petition

Since the issue was resolved early last month, the Electoral Commission has been seeking leave of the court to file that objection, challenging the competency of petitions late or out of time.

Today, the petition disputing the election of Alfred Manase, as Kandep MP went to court over the same issue.

The Electoral Commission sought leave of the court to file the late objection, challenging the competency of the petition.

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Goroka, Abau petitions set for trial

The petition which alleges grounds of errors, omission and irregularities against the Electoral Commission will go for trial at the Goroka National Court.

Kimisopa will be bringing nine witnesses for the trial.

Trial will be held from December 18-22 before the next available judge, the court ordered today.

Two applications filed by Ame as well as the Electoral Commission challenging the competency of the petition will be heard before the trial proceeds.

Trial dates for the Abau Open seat have also been set for December.

This week in court- review

The petition that was filed challenging Member for Moresby South, Justin Tkatchenko’s win has been listed to go for trial.

This is the first election petition, out of the 77 that were initially filed, to have its trial date set in the Court of Disputed Returns.

Filed by Samson Kirilyo, the trial will be heard at Waigani National Court buildings from November 20-24.

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First election petition trial date set

This is the first election petition, out of the 77 that were initially filed, to have its trial date set in the Court of Disputed Returns.

Justice Collin Makail set the petition for a week trial next month after it went for pre-trial conference today.

Filed by Samson Kirilyo, the trial will be heard at Waigani National Court buildings from November 20-24.

Returning Officer for the Moresby South electorate, Michael Are, has been summoned to give evidence in the trial, amongst others.

Petition against Marape continues to trial

Marape’s lawyer filed an application, to summarily dismiss one of the two petitions, that was filed against the Minister for Finance and Rural Development.

It was filed after Petitioner, Johnny Pokaya’s lawyers failed to comply with directions of the court, which were issued on September 13, to assist parties prepare themselves for trial.

Pokaya’s lawyer did not comply with orders to file witness statements by October 4, as they were dealing with another interlocutory application by Marape’s lawyers to have the case dismissed.

Petition against Mendani dismissed

The dismissal comes after a preliminary issue was raised in a motion by Mendani’s lawyer, Tony Waisi, regarding the service of the petition by Opa.

The petition was filed by Opa on September 1, however service of the notice was effected on Mendani, by way of a published advertisement, one day late in the Post-Courier.

Opa could not serve the MP within the 14 days’ requirement of the election petition rules.

Instead, he went to the newspaper on the 12th day to have the advertisement put up. The notice was published on the 15th day.