election

Chimbu Governor given heroic welcome

Celebrations from Goroka through to Chimbu over the long weekend followed Dua’s second declaration by the Waigani National Court as the duly elected governor for Chimbu, after a judicial recount was ordered from a successful election petition filed by former Governor Noah Kool.

Following a judicial recount on Friday May 24, 2019, the National court declared Michael Dua as the Governor for Chimbu.

He was given a heroic welcome by the people of Eastern Highlands and Simbu when he touched down at Goroka airport last Friday.

Dates set for LLG elections

He said the Minister for Inter-Government Relations, Kevin Isifu, has approved the final dates and this announcement supersedes his previous announcements.

Gamato announced that the issuing of writs will be on Thursday August 30, 2018, indicating the start of nominations.

Nomination will close on Thursday September 6 with polling commencing on Saturday, September 29, ending Saturday, October 13.

The return of writs is scheduled on or before November 2, 2018.

Defer LLG polls, recommends Gamato

He made the recommendation in his advice to the Minister last Thursday, 26 April, in Port Moresby.

This follows the receipt of three written legal opinions on the subject from the Acting Secretary for Justice & Attorney General, Dr. Lawrence Kalinoe, State Solicitor Daniel Rolpagarea and the Secretary for Constitutional & Law Reform Commission, Dr. Eric Kwa.

Fresh attempt today to elect New Caledonia president

The French territory has had a caretaker administration since August.

The French High Commissioner Thierry Lataste has summoned the new government ministers to elect a president in order to give New Caledonia a properly constituted government ahead of key referendum talks in Paris next week.

The only candidate so far, Philippe Germain, has been unsuccessful in getting majority support from the 11-member government.

What constitutes a failed election?

But what constitutes a failed election? And who calls the shots in such time?

At the Issue of Writes on April 20, the Electoral Commission re-activated the function of the Election Advisory Committee for the 2017 National Election.

The committee’s role is to report directly to Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato and to provide recommendations and advice on matters relating to cancelation and withdrawal of writ for an election.

PPC: Take ownership of election

Yapu said people should be allowed to exercise their democratic rights to cast their votes without undue influence, threat or fear.

He is asking for the continuous support and corporation from the people in ensuring a free, fair and safe election is conducted in the province without any disruption.

He said the campaign period which ends today has been quiet and peaceful so far and wants this to continue into polling and counting.

Journalist threatened over election coverage

Journalist in-charge of NBC Manus, Reilly Kanamon, was threatened on Monday afternoon outside his office over alleged rumours of seven ballot boxes being smuggled into the province.

Kanamon was confronted by two supporters of a candidate in the province and threatened to break open the NBC Manus office and beat all the staff.

This comes after speculations and rumours went viral on social media regarding the ballot papers.

However, Manus Police and Election officials ruled out those Facebook rumours on Monday.

Ballot papers arrive in Manus

Manus Police Provincial Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said two small Australian Air Force aircraft arrived in Manus on Saturday with the ballot papers.

The ballot papers were received by Electoral Commission staff with heavy security escort from the Joint Security Forces at Momote.

The ballot papers are locked up in the storage container at the Police Station and PPC Yapu said tight security will be provided until June 23, where they will be moved to the respective polling venues.

Oro people flood town as Juffa nominates

The incumbent Governor had been at the Kokoda Station earlier to celebrate ANZAC Day with officials from Australia, including the Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove and the Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.

After a brief Memorial Service, Juffa was transported via helicopter to his waiting supporters at Dorin Park in Popondetta.

Juffa had opted to move in quietly and nominate for his respective seat, but the people of Oro would not allow it.

Mount pressure on your MPs: Opposition

Don Polye issued the call following the Supreme Court’s verdict last Friday rejecting the Ombudsman Commission’s bid to stop the Parliament from further votes, debate and deliberation.

He said the amendment bill infringed on the citizens’ constitutional right to contend for any public office.

“The court’s rejection does not mean that the bill is constitutional. The decision only reflected a distinct separation of powers among the judiciary, executive and the legislative governments,” he said.