John Kaupa

Kaupa’s application dismissed

Kaupa went to the Supreme Court seeking leave to review the decision of November 16, which dismissed his motion challenging the competency of the petition that was filed by former MP, Labi Amaiu.

He asked the National Court then to dismiss the entire proceeding on the basis the petition was filed one day late.

The National Court refused the motion, allowing the petition to stay alive and ordered for its return at a later date for the trial date to be set.

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.

Court: Amaiu’s petition not filed late

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

Today the National Court refused that application, allowing the petition to stay alive because it was filed on time.

To file an election petition, it must be done within 40 days after the declaration date.

Kaupa was declared on July 28. Amaiu filed the petition on 6 September.

Justice Collin Makail, in giving his ruling on the motion, said the petition was filed within the 40-day period after the declaration date.

Kaupa alleges petition filed late

His lawyer, John Napu, filed an application on Oct 18 seeking dismissal of the entire proceeding, claiming it was filed one day late.

Kaupa was declared on July 28.

To file an election petition, it must be done within 40 days from the declaration date. That 40-day period, according to Kaupa, ended on September 5.

Amaiu filed the petition on 6 September.

Four-Mile compound residents to be resettled

This will be the first resettlement from within the city to the proposed site at ATS.

This will be followed by other occupants who are residing temporarily on other state lands.

He emphasised that the city development and expansion has little impact on the customary landowners.

Kaupa said the current arrangement is to ensure the traditional inhabitants, including the Motu-Koitabuans, do not just give away their land, which is an important asset.

Settlers to own land

North-East Member and Minister for Urbanisation and Housing, John Kaupa, has taken his Urbanisation Office to task in negotiation for the conversion of customary land into proper suburb for residents in his electorate.

The Minister and his executive director, Max Keo, along with some senior officers from the urbanisation office visited a site behind ATS to meet with Moiha clan leaders for the development of the area.

Kaupa: Alotau camp move to benefit the electorate

He said his decision to join the camp was not his own but he had discussed it with his people.

Kaupa added that Moresby North-east has been neglected for the past 5 years because of leaders not working together.

He said he will be working very closely with NCD Governor Powes Parkop and Moresby South MP Justin Tkatchenko to bring tangible service to the electorate.

Kaupa added that the reason for leaving PNG National Party was to work along with Governor Parkop and to develop the electorate.

Kaupa took over the mandate from Labi Amaiu who was a PNC MP.

Wingti, Pato, Parkop and Kaupa arrive in Alotau

Accompanying him this afternoon from Port Moresby are Wapenamanda MP Rimbink Pato, NCD Governor Powes Parkop and newly elected MP for Moresby North-east John Kaupa.

The arrival of these four members now bring the total to 50 MPs currently in the Alotau camp.

Meantime, the incumbent Prime Minister and Ilaibu Pangia member re-elect, Peter O’Neill will be arriving with other MPs this evening as well.

 

Loop PNG will be bringing you all the updates straight from Alotau.

Kaupa’s supporters create mayhem at Six-Mile

Excited but drunk supporters of the new Moresby North-East member-elect got themselves into a fight earlier today, disrupting traffic in the Six-Mile area.

NCD Superintendent for Operations, Fred Tundu, confirmed with Loop PNG that the fight erupted among Kaupa's supporters who got drunk in the early hours of the morning following the declaration.

Tundu also said most shops at Six-Mile, especially the line of stores past the Catholic Church, have closed their doors as some supporters had attempted to loot them.

Kaupa declared for Moresby North East seat

John Kaupa was declared tonight at 10:25pm after the 47th exclusive count at the Sir John Guise indoor complex.

He has ousted sitting candidate, Labi Amaiu.

Kaupa polled after the 47th exclusive count a total number of 17, 218 votes, surpassing the absolute majority of 16, 479.

Running second to the newly declared candidate member elect is Carl Okuk who polled 15, 737 votes.

Kaupa signed his writs in front of the returning officer and his assistant as well as counting and polling officials at the venue.