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Court Reserves Ruling On Gumine Case

Sally Pokiton

 

The Waigani National Court has reserved its ruling on two applications that was moved this afternoon surrounding the legal declaration of the Gumine seat.

Presiding judge, Justice Collin Makail this afternoon heard the two applications that was moved by lawyers representing Dawa Lucas Dekena and Nick Kuman.

The case returned following the restraining orders that were issued on Aug 2, stopping Kuman from making the declaration of office taking part in the election of the Speaker and Prime Minister.

However, the restraining orders were not served in time to the Speaker and Clerk of Parliament, in order for it to take effect against Kuman.

The orders were issued at 11:50am, Kuman made declaration at 12:03pm

Dekena’s lawers submitted in court today that the original writ that was issued by the Electoral Commission on April 20, was signed by Max Yomba, the appointed Returning officer.

It was also put before the court that another writ, issued on April 26, was the one issued by Freddy Yuan.

Lawyer for the Electoral Commission told the court that the application by Dekena’s lawyers should be refused in order to maintain the status-quo, as Kuman has already made the declaration of office.

Kuman’s lawyer at the same time this afternoon, also asked the court to dismiss the case, sighting unreasonable cause of action by Dekena as his client has already been sworn in.

His lawyer said that the case is an abuse of process now that a member has been declared and the only way to challenge the result is by way of election petition.

But Greg Egan, who represented Dekena said it is important that the duly elected member for Gumine represent them on the floor of parliament.

He also asked for an expedited hearing of the case.

Counting for the seat ended on July 26, however the declaration was made two days later on “different results”.

 

 

http://www.looppng.com/png-news/court-reserves-ruling-gumine-case-64878

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Ialibu-Pangia Deferred to Sunday

Report from Pangia

Election polling dates have been deferred in Ialibu-Pangia due to discrepancies where one of the five LLGs was discovered to have been left out from the 2017 Electoral Commission list of polling locations in the PM’s electorate.

Kuara LLG is one of the five LLGs in Ialibu-Pangia, that includes East Pangia Rural, Ialibu Urban, Kewali Rural and South Wiru Rural, that was left out from the Electoral Commission’s listing of polling locations in 2017.

Candidates contesting for Ialibu-Pangia Open have agreed to the decision for Electoral Commission to print a new list that includes Kuara LLG prior to the commencement of polling tomorrow Sunday July 2, 2017.

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NCD Polling Officials to be Paid First

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.

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Gamato: Ballot Papers and Confiscated Cash Legal

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.

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All polling materials delivered!

Charles Yapumi 

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.

(File picture)

 

http://www.looppng.com/elections/all-polling-materials-delivered-61111

Marape: You can’t force people to be violent. Take your violence to your electorate please.

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.

 

 

 

Locked Down

Post Courier 

Flights in and out of Kagamuga Airport in Mount Hagen, Western Highlands province, have been disrupted by candidates contesting the Hagen open seat.

Concern for public safety has also prompted major carrier Air Niugini to cancel its service to neighbouring Enga province.

The 12 Hagen candidates, and their supporters, converged outside Kagamuga airport yesterday to protest the appointment of the electorate’s returning officer and carry out their threat to close the airport issued seven days ago.

It is not known whether disruptions would continue today.

Transporting of police personnel who are on transit in Port Moresby for National Election operations in the Highlands are affected, says Police Commissioner Gari Baki. See story, page 2

National Airports Corporation acting managing director Richard Yopo said yesterday the Electoral Commission matter was unrelated to airport operations or the aviation industry and such actions taken and threats by the 12 candidates in Mt Hagen were offences under the Civil Aviation Act.

“The issue does not do anyone any good. It only affects the smooth flow of passengers and the flow of vital cargo from and within our towns and cities.”

He said the candidates were warned last Friday that they were breaking or would be in breach of law if they were to proceed with their planned action.

Yesterday, the NAC had to scale down its operations and included its sister aviation entity PNG Air Services which controls air traffic.

Mr Yopo said that airline operators like Air Niugini, MAF, HeviLift, Airlines PNG and Heli Solutions did their own security assessment also had to cancel some of their later flights yesterday.

“Safety of the public, staff and the assets and facilities is something we all are not about to compromise,” he said.

Two of the twelve candidates, Luke Lukice Mathew and James Yoka said they are closing the airport because Mr Gamato had failed to respond to their petition in the past week.

Mr Yoka said their petition which Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato has not responded to was to either remove the returning officer and the assistant returning officer or to swap the two officers with other electorates in the province. Eastern end Assistant Police Commissioner for Highlands Nema Mondia said the candidates have breached the Civil Aviation Act by closing the airport and that was not right.

However, Supt Mondia said a candidate assured him that the airport will be opened starting today.

 

http://postcourier.com.pg/230216-2/

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