PNG Electoral Commissioner Patalias Gamato said the reason for the delay with polling in NCD was due to outstanding payments owed to polling officials in the capital.
He said polling officials refused to start work and demanded payment of their allowances first before polling that caused disruption through the city this morning.
Electoral Commission intended to pay the polling officials today and differed the polling date to Friday 29th June 2017. Further confusion spread in the city after NCD police confiscated K184,300 in election polling allowances from NCD Election Manager, Mr Terence Hetinu after he was suspected by police for carrying cash without any security escort in Port Moresby this morning.
Apparently, polling in one part of the city went ahead on schedule before a decision was made later in the day for polling in NCD to be postponed to Friday. About a thousand ballot papers were confiscated and taken to Boroko Police Station under the watchful eyes of NCD Deputy Election Manager Ms Roselyn Tabogani and also assistant North East Electorate Returning Officer.
Mr Gamato appealed to people in NCD to remain calm and wait until Friday to cast their votes.
Electoral Commission Mr. Patilias Gamato confirmed during press conference this afternoon that all ballot papers and cash confiscated by police from Electoral Commission managers in Port Moresby were legal and part of the Commission’s internal operations.
Mr Gamato explained that K184,300 in cash confiscated and counted at Boroko Police Station were payments intended to pay polling officials working at various polling locations in NCD.
He also confirmed that over a thousand ballot papers used at a polling location in NCD was legal, however were confiscated and taken to Boroko Police station after the announcement of deferred elections for NCD was moved to Friday.
By CHARLES MOI
A COURT has issued a restraining order to stop the signing of an agreement between landowners and the Autonomous Bougainville Government regarding the reopening of the Panguna mine.
Justice Ambeng Kandakasi issued the order at the Waigani National Court following an application filed by Philip Miriori, the chairman of the Special Mining Lease Osikaiyang Landowners Incorporated (SMLOLI).
He ordered that the parties to the proposed memorandum of agreement for the redevelopment of the Panguna mine were “forthwith restrained from signing the agreement”.
“If in the event the agreement has already been signed, the parties to that agreement and any person wanting to implement it are forthwith restrained from doing so,” Kandakasi said.
The signing of the agreement would have paved the way for the Bougainville Copper Limited to start work on the mine’s reopening.
The agreement was to have been signed last Friday but was cancelled after women from the area protested.
The court also restrained Lawrence Daveona from acting as the chairman of SMLOLI. The matter will return to court on Friday.
Justice Kandakasi said the order would remain in force unless the parties to the agreement could produce evidence that they had obtained the consent of the more than 500 block holders.
By DEMAS TIEN
The Waigani National Court has dismissed an application by Frank Kramer to review a decision by Cabinet and Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s to remove him as director and chairman of the board of Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited (KPHL).
Justice Colin Makail (pictured) dismissed Kramer’s judicial review case as it would have been an abuse of the court’s process because the matter was for private law and not pubic law to deal with, he said.
Justice Makail upheld arguments raised by Twivey Lawyers, representing the National Executive Council and the State, that the appropriate mode of proceedings to challenge the dismissal was by way of a writ of summons or originating summons.
“In my view, to commence and proceed by way of judicial review is an abuse of process of the court,” Justice Makail said.
The court found that the decision to dismiss Kramer was appropriately made by O’Neill as a KPHL trustee as required by the Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited Authorisation Act 2015.
The reason given by the trustee to dismiss Kramer on March 28 was that he failed to fill many vacancies in the board.
Kramer denied the allegation and said he took steps to have the vacancies filled.
In his review, Kramer questioned the involvement of NEC because he said under the Act NEC had no role to play in the dismissal of a director or chairman of KPHL.
He said the trustee breached the Act and acted beyond its powers when it sought the approval of the NEC to endorse its decision to dismiss him.
The NEC and O’Neill, through their lawyers, argued that the decision to dismiss Kramer was not reviewable because it was made by the shareholder of a company incorporated under the Companies Act 1997, being KPHL.
They said the dispute regarding Kramer’s dismissal was of a private nature where judicial review and reinstatement were not applicable.
Sensitive polling materials have been airlifted to all provinces in the country a week before the polls.
“All sensitive election materials are now in the provinces and being sorted out for distribution to each electorate, LLG and ward in preparation for polling,” says Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato.
These include ballot papers, candidate posters, polling schedules, CUG mobile phones for polling teams, indelible inks and electoral rolls.
Non-sensitive election materials such as polling kits, voting compartments, seals and stationery were sent via shipping to all provinces earlier.
Sensitive election materials for New Guinea Islands, Momase and Southern Regions were dispatched the previous week while the exercise for the Highlands Region started on Friday and was completed yesterday (Saturday).
“As of yesterday, Saturday 17 June, the last sensitive election materials were dispatched by the Australian Defence Force (ADF) C-130 military aircraft,” Gamato said.
“Yesterday, there were three flights out of Port Moresby from the PNGDF Air Transport Squadron by the ADF C-130 aircraft – early morning flight delivered sensitive election materials for Jiwaka and Chimbu via Mt. Hagen.
“The aircraft then returned before midday to pick up materials for Eastern Highlands and Hela.
“The last delivery yesterday afternoon was to Tari and was expected to have arrived by 2:30pm.
“In total, the ADF moved 45,661 kilograms of sensitive election materials over the last seven days from Port Moresby to provincial centres nationwide.”
The 14 days of nationwide polling will start on June 24.
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HEALTH Secretary Pascoe Kase is aware of the current shortage of medical supplies and consumables, and he and his team are in regular contact with health services to determine the high-priority supplies of concern.
Mr Kase said this yesterday in response to a number of concerns raised by the community, and some public hospitals, regarding the shortage of medical supplies and some critical medicines.
“I am aware of the very legitimate concerns expressed by the community, and of the doubts this issue has raised in the capacity of the health system to deliver timely and appropriate care.”
“I did not want the community or my colleagues in health services to form the view that nothing is happening to address the shortages.” He said that during the past two months, a large number of orders have been placed for the urgent delivery of medicines and other supplies.
Mr Kase said a number of these supplies have been delivered and distributed; however, a disturbing quantity of orders have yet to be delivered, despite a number of efforts to encourage suppliers.
Mr Kase, and his procurement experts, met with representatives from a number of firms to discuss why it was not possible to meet the urgent requirement of the health system. He said it was a “positive and instructive meeting” for all parties, and a number of issues were identified. “This included communication issues, problems, at times, with the department’s ordering strategy and concerns over payments being received in a timely fashion.”
Among his usual debates on politics, Don Polye went very low in Tari to invite thuggery and violence by asking people to remove, tear and burn all PNC red shirts and caps.
The Opposition Leader arrived in Tari town last week inciting violence and arguments instead of peace and offering alternate government policies.
“We have a fragile society in Hela, and we are trying to promote peace despite our own differences in Hela, yet Polye, who says he has concern for Hela, stirs trouble. What kind of leadership is this?” stated James Marape.
“I ask Polye, a honest question as an equally mandated leader of my Huli people; you have been the long serving minister for works, transport and civil aviation, you have been foreign minister, higher education minister and treasury and Finance Ministers in 13 years since 2002. What have you started in Hela that you want to complete?” Mr Marape asked.
Mr Marape has taken to his Tari Pori Development Forum to rebut much of Polye’s arguments in Tari last Friday.
He is appealing for Hela to rise above petty politics and allow peace to prevail, and asks Hela people to choose leaders without asking for money or voting for a tribal candidate.
Meanwhile after Don’s immature campaigning, he was then chased away after he got on his vehicle. All he did was psyched the crowd up, apart from that, nothing good came out from his violent talk.