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Six MPs To Be Referred

 

non-compliance of election returns

BY MATTHEW VARI

Six Members of Parliament may be investigated by the Ombudsman Commission next month for breaches of the Leadership Code.

Most MPs in the 111-seat Parliament have complied with 2017 National Election requirements by filing election returns with the Registry of Political Parties and Candidates.

Registrar of Political Parties and Candidates Dr Alphonse Gelu said the six non-compliant MPs, which he refused to name, would be investigated by the Ombudsman Commission in January 2018.

 

“We will hold the names back but it has come to a point where we will say enough and I will disclose the names and at the same time I will write to the Ombudsman Commission (OC) to refer them for misconduct,” Dr Gelu said.

“That is very clear. We are trying to give them the opportunity to come and submit but they will still have to be fined.”

A K2000 fine along with K840 each for 42 days since the October 31 deadline lapsed. That will then blow out to K12,000 fine and K7320 for all 61 days lapsed by January 1, next year for all six MPs.

“I will write individually to these MPs to tell them that they are now referred and we will do it. Some gave their returns late and have accepted to pay the fine and those payments will go to Finance.”

Under section 89 of the Organic Law on the Integrity of Political Parties and Candidates.

A successful candidate is required to lodge with the registrar a financial return specifying details of contributions received and details of expenditure incurred in connection with the election.

The financial return should contain each contributor, name and address, date of contribution receipt, where contribution was made either in cash or in another form and the amount and expenditure particulars of those.

Chief Ombudsman Michael Dick said he was aware of the issue and would act when he receives instructions from Dr Gelu.

Dr Gelu also indicated that political parties and MPs that lodged their returns and were being verified by his officers to ensure all information were in place.

He said that parties without MPs that have not submitted their election expenditure reports would not be deregistered but will face fines. Only failure to produce annual reports for two successive years would qualify for instant deregistration.

“The election it is a one-off thing which comes every five years; we will fine them and the payment is quiet high K5000 and more for the days after the October 31 deadline.

Sourc: Post-Courier

Photo Credit: Loop PNG

 

Petition Filed against Sir Mekere Morauta

Runner-up in the Moresby North-West seat, Lohia Boe Samuel, has filed a petition in the court of Disputed Returns, challenging the win of Sir Mekere Morauta.

The allegations contained in the petition relates to errors and omissions on the part of the PNG Electoral Commission.

The petition went for direction hearing yesterday to assist parties prepare themselves for trial.

Sir Mekere told supporters outside court that the election petitions are processes losing candidates pursue to seek relief and he had nothing to hide.

“It is a process we have to go through to determine if we are properly elected or not,” Sir Mekere said.

He said there is no claim of illegal acts, such as bribery, undue influence, vote rigging and electoral fraud levelled against him in this petition.

 

Roger McKenzie Withdraws his Petition against Governor Robert Agarobe

A petition filed against Central Governor Robert Agarobe has been withdrawn after the petitioner realized his error.

Roger McKenzie, a top ten candidate for Central Regional seat during the recent National Election said, “I have withdrawn the case seeing that the central people would be affected greatly in terms of services delivery.”

Mr McKenzie said after realising the negative outcome of the battle, he did not want to waste more time and resource.

“I apologize to the people of Central Province for causing tension and differences due to the petition,” he said.

Source: P-C Online, October 12, 2017 at 11.00am

Wep Kanawi’s Petition Dismissed

Petition challenging Pomat’s win has been dismissed.

“Work must go ahead in the province regardless of a petition being in court”, says Manus MP and Speaker of Parliament, Job Pomat.

Pomat made these comments on Wednesday after the election petition that was filed against him by Wep Kanawi was withdrawn in the Court of Disputed Returns.

He filed the petition based on the grounds of errors and omissions made during the counting period by the Electoral Commission.

The matter went to court on Wednesday for pre-trial conference, to check compliance to directions that were issued on September 20.

However lawyer for the petitioner, Kanawi, asked the court to withdraw the proceeding.

Leave was granted by Justice Collin Makail and orders were issued for the K5,000 security bond fee to be paid as legal cost in the proceeding for Pomat and the Electoral Commission.

Stanley Liria’s Petition Withdrawn

The Supreme Court reference that was filed on the legality of polling conducted on Sunday in the Ialibu-Pangia electorate, in Southern Highlands Province, will no longer be pursued in court.

This reference was filed on July 10 by runner-up in the Ialibu-Pangia seat, Stanley Liria, questioning the legality of polling that was conducted on Sunday, July 2, after it was deferred from Friday, June 30.

In the reference, the high court was asked to interpret section 130 of the Organic Law on National and Local Level Government elections.

But lawyers representing Liria today asked the Supreme Court to have the entire proceeding withdrawn.

The withdrawal comes amidst chaos in Mendi town, the provincial capital of the Southern Highlands Province, following the declaration of its provincial seat to incumbent MP, William Powi.

The situation on ground is calm but tense, while shops and services remain closed after the shooting and killing of two police officers, and the destruction of properties.

However, the election petition, which was filed by Liria, remains in the Court of Disputed Returns.

The petition went for direction hearing on September 20 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.

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

Petitioner Stanley Liria intends to call 184 witnesses for the trial while Ialibu-Pangia MP and Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s lawyer indicated calling between 15-20 witnesses.

The petition will return to court later for a trial date to be set.

Source: Loop PNG October 11, 2017

Women Applaud O’Neill

 

BY YOMBI KEP of Post-Courier 

Women from the Peoples National Congress (PNC) party have come out to thank the Prime Minister Peter O’Neill for his concern in seriously addressing the issue of women representation in the 10th National Parliament.

 
PNC Party women who had gathered in Port Moresby, said they supported the Prime Minister in his idea of having one male governor and one female governor but elected by everyone in each province and the implication that it will have from the current parliament of 111 members of Parliament to 133.

 
“We, the party women, are proud of our party leader and prime minister, who is open-minded about women’s role in the development of Papua New Guinea,” said Kathy Tom, a member of the ruling party.

 
“PNC will create history in the world when it takes a bold step to pass law to ensure with certainty the representation of women from the provinces through the women who would be elected as Governors.”

 
The group said they understand that there is a lot of work to be done but they are ready and willing to work with the prime minister to make this a reality before the next General Election in 2022.

Vice Ministers to take on additional responsibilities

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Author: Freddy Mou

 

A total of nine MPs were sworn in yesterday afternoon as Vice Ministers and chairmen of statutory bodies.

 
Governor General Sir Bob Dadae officiated over proceedings for the vice Ministers, including Waka Goi, Wesley Raminai, Bari Palma, Win Daki, Johnson Wapunai, Manasseh Makiba, Tomait Kapili, Henry Ame and John Kuli.

 
Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill who was at the Government House to witness the swearing-in said the vice ministers will be assisting the ministers, but will have specific responsibilities with a new determination.

 
He said unlike in the past, vice Ministers will be responsible over a Government organization which they will be in charge of.

 
“This is an exciting opportunity for vice ministers in our government to meet the challenges that is before us.”

 
Announcements into the new responsibilities will be made soon.
Meantime, Henganofi MP and former Police Minister, Robert Atiyafa, was been sworn-in as Chairman of the Constitutional and Law Reform Commission as well.

 
O’Neill said Atiyafa has been specifically appointed to the position because of the experience he had in the law and justice sector.
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