Venue for Kandep petition trial to be fixed

A venue is yet to be decided as to where the election petition trial that was filed by Don Polye, disputing Alfred Manase’s election, will be heard.

The venue will be confirmed during pre-trial conference this Wednesday at the Waigani National Court.

Polye and his lawyer suggested to the court to have the trial conducted in a court facility apart from the Enga Province, however, parties could not agree on the venue.

Due to the fights and killing by supporters during the election period, security remains a concern.

Suggested trial dates have been set in the month of May next year however that is subject to being formalised by the court.

The former Opposition leader and MP is alleging bribery, undue influence against Manase and illegal practices, errors and omission against the Electoral Commission in the petition.

He alleges that seven ballot boxes that were for the Kandep seat were not counted but were accepted during scrutiny in the Provincial seat count.

(Don Polye, left, with supporters outside the courthouse) 

Sally Pokiton