Stanley Liria

Toropo summoned in Ialibu-Pangia petition

Justice Collin Makail issued the orders today on the request of lawyer representing petitioner in the Ialibu-Pangia seat, Stanley Liria.

The petition came for direction hearing today to assist parties prepare themselves for the actual hearing.

The main basis of the petition is the alleged illegal polling on Sunday, which breaches section 130(1)(b) of the Organic Law on National and Local Level Government elections.

Three are three grounds of the petition; illegal practices, bribery and undue influence.

Court refuses to restrain O'Neill

Runner-up in the Ialibu-Pangia seat, Stanley Liria, filed an urgent application to restrain O'Neill from making declaration of loyalty and taking office in Parliament tomorrow.

He alleges that he was denied his constitutional rights, saying polling was conducted on Sunday.

The application was refused and dismissed because the court saw that the primary issue - Sunday polling - that was raised by Liria in this National Court case is the same issue he had earlier raised in the Supreme Court.

Liria asks court to restrain O'Neill

He filed an application on Monday afternoon seeking interim orders to restrain O'Neill from taking office, alleging there was an infringement in the constitution when polling was conducted in the electorate on a Sunday.

The urgent application came before court this morning.

Substantively, Liria is asking the court to declare that the public declaration of Peter O'Neill was unconstitutional.

Ialibu Pangia runner up seeks clarification on Sunday voting

The Supreme Court convened today since adjourning the case last week Tuesday.

Today was however spent clarifying the withdrawal of another two applications filed by Mr Liria that had sought a Court Order to stop the counting and declaration of the Ialibu Pangia seat.

The two applications have been withdrawn because the counting and declaration has already taken place.