Zurenuoc withdraws petition against Paita

Two election petitions were withdrawn from the Court of Disputed Returns at the Waigani National Court today, as it went for directions hearing, to prepare it for trial.

Former Speaker of parliament and Finschhafen MP, Theodore Zurenuoc, withdrew the petition he filed against current MP, Rainbo Paita, today.

The petition also filed by runner-up in the Telefomin Open seat, Peter Iwei, against re-elected MP Solan Mirisin, was withdrawn.

These two petitions are among 77 filed in court.

Meanwhile, the legal representation of the Electoral Commission in some petitions filed, continues to disrupt the progress of the cases progressing to directions in prepration for trial.

Justice Collin Makail said this is the first time for such, as there were no conflicts of legal representations for the Electoral Commission in 2012.

Sally Pokiton