William Bando

​Province confident of smooth polling

Hela Provincial Administrator, William Bando, said since the deployment of the security forces in Hela, the election process has been progressive with less violence.

Bando said despite public perception, Hela is still a young and developing province with a lot of potential.

However, he said security is still a concern, considering the recent Hela call-out.

Bando will be having a word with the heads of the security forces to discuss the possibilities of looking into suspected areas where raids can be conducted to secure illegal weapons in the province.

​Review of Bando's suspension set

The judicial review will take place on Thursday, 8 June, before Justice Leka Nablu.

The review was allowed to go ahead after the court was satisfied that he had serious issues to be heard and that his suspension should be stayed to make sure the operations of the Hela Provincial Government went ahead uninterrupted.

Lawyer for the Hela Provincial Executive Council and Governor Francis Potape have filed an application asking the court to dismiss the proceeding. That will also be heard on Thursday.

Bando's lawyer today also indicated he will be filing an application.

​Court stays Bando’s suspension

The court was satisfied that he had serious issues to be heard by the court and that his suspension should be stayed to make sure the operations of the Hela Provincial Government went ahead uninterrupted.

Bando will remain as Provincial Administrator while the court reviews the manner in which he was suspended. He was suspended on April 15.

​Bando still performing PA role

The legal battle over the post of the Provincial Administrator returned to the Waigani National Court on Tuesday where submissions were made by lawyers for Bando and the Hela Provincial Executive Council.

Bando’s lawyer, Anthony Waira, moved his motion seeking interim stay orders against his client’s suspension while Hela PEC’s lawyer, Philip Ame, asked the court to dismiss the entire proceeding.

Justice Leka Nablu heard submissions and reserved her ruling to Friday.  

Court battle over Hela PA post continues

A large crowd of supporters flooded the Waigani National Court precinct today hoping to hear a positive outcome of the case however it was adjourned to next Tuesday.

A number of motions will be heard by the court next week before Justice Leka  Nablu.

They include a motion that was filed by suspended Hela Provincial Administrator William Bando, who is seeking interim orders against his suspension.

Bando files stay application against suspension

The motion was filed soon after the Waigani National Court agreed to review his suspension last month.

Leave was granted by Justice Les Gavara-Nanu after Bando’s lawyers established that there were serious issued to be tried and that he had sufficient interest in the case.

Bando’s lawyer returned to court today and the matter was set for hearing on Thursday.

They will be asking the court to stay his suspension from office. Bando is also seeking restraining orders against the Public Service Minister, Hela Provincial Executive Council and its Chairman Francis Potape.

Court to review Bando’s suspension

Leave was granted by Justice Les Gavara-Nanu after Bando’s lawyers established that there were serious issued to be tried and that he had sufficient interest in the case.

Parties returned to court today for directions. Justice Gavara-Nanu adjourned the case to May 8 but directed Bando’s lawyers to prepare the necessary court documents to serve on parties.

Bando was suspended by the Hela Provincial Executive Council on April 12. Kove Waiko was then appointed as the acting provincial administrator.

Suspended Hela PA goes to court

Bando who is also the Chairman of the Hela Election Steering Committee is challenging his suspension due to the urgency of the upcoming election.

His lawyer went to court yesterday and again today, but was unable to move the urgent application because the state was short served the application and counsels with the files did not appear in court.

He is asking the court to set aside his suspension.

Potape calls on Bando to respect leaders

He said Bando is a good man and deserved the job after acting on the position for a very long time.

However, Potape was disappointed with Bando for his comments on the media.

Bando in today’s National newspaper said one of his job was to be the glue among the political leaders and the people.

However, he said the non-attendance by the Potape faction was not good and got to show that there was still division among the leaders.