Duban files petition against Kramer

A total of 19 election petitions went for directions hearing today at the Waigani National Court in preparation for trial.

Amongst those was the petition filed against Madang MP, Bryan Kramer, by his predecessor Nixon Duban.

In this petition, Returning Officer for the Madang Open seat, Joe Sakipa, has been summoned to appear in court for the trial.

Other counting officials will also be summoned once the names are made available to the court by Duban’s lawyer.  

In the petition, Duban is alleging two grounds of bribery against Kramer and one ground of undue influence, errors and omission on the part of the Electoral Commission.

He intends to call 10 witnesses for the trial while Kramer, who appeared in person in court, indicated calling eight witnesses.

All parties who appeared in court today have been given time to file their witness statements and will return next month for pre-trial conference, where a trial date can be set.


Sally Pokiton