Ombudsman Commission

OC refers auditor-general to public prosecutor

In a statement, the OC said it conducted an investigation, granted Nauga a right to be heard (which he responded to), and having deliberated on the matter, has determined that there is a prima facie case that Nauga has been guilty of misconduct.

“As required by section 20(2) of the Organic Law on the Duties and Responsibilities of Leadership, the Commission has notified Nauga of its intentions to refer the matter to the public prosecutor.

Female political participation needs boost

The United Nations Development Programme has joined the Registrar of Political Parties, the Ombudsman Commission and the highest polling female candidate in the national elections, Rufina Peter, to issue the appeal.

This comes after the 2017 10th Parliament sitting saw the absence of woman MPs.

Assistant Representative for UNDP and Head of Governance, Julie Bukikun, said for the first time in 25 years, since the 1992 elections, more female candidates were nominated for elections than ever before; 167 of 3,332 were female candidates.

Court extends return of writs

The Ombudsman Commission filed a special reference in the Supreme Court and successfully obtained the orders on Friday at 4:30pm.

The court allowed for the extension of the return of writs from July 28 to July 31.

Ombudsman Commission was ordered to serve the court orders on the Electoral Commission by Friday 10pm.

The Clerk of Parliament and Secretary for Justice will also have to be served the orders by 2pm of Saturday, July 29.

The writs were returned to the head of state on Friday at 4pm, however only 80 of the 111 electorates’ writs were given. 

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The Ombudsman Commission has issued a stern warning to all sitting MP's, not to use developmental funds for election related purposes.

The Chief Ombudsman says if their office finds out, the MP's could be held liable for bribery.


Additional information needed in nomination fee case

Justice Collin Makail, sitting as a single Supreme Court Judge today, directed the Speaker’s lawyer to seek instructions from his client and inform the court on this before further steps can be taken in the Reference that was filed by the Ombudsman Commission in February.

This is the reference which the OC filed seeking interpretation on whether the proposed increase of nomination fees, from K1,000 to K10,000, and the security of costs of an election petition, from K5,000 to K20,000, are constitutional.

OC seeks clarification of leadership tribunal process

It is also seeking the interpretation on whether strict rules of evidence should be complied with when a leader’s conduct becomes subject to a Leadership Tribunal.

The case briefly came for mention today before Supreme Court for directions.

Justice Collin Makail adjourned the matter to next week after he allowed Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and Speaker of Parliament, Theo Zurenuoc, to be joined as parties in the reference.

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Supreme Court: OC has power to investigate PM

The Ombudsman Commission has the jurisdiction to investigate Prime Minister Peter O’Neill under the Organic Law on the Ombudsman Commission and make comments involving interpretation and application of constitutional laws.


Supreme Court: OC has power to investigate PM

A five-man Supreme Court bench delivered its ruling on Thursday over the reference that was put to the high court for interpretation of 11 questions.

The 11 questions referred for interpretation was over the alleged improper borrowing of K3 billion from the Union Bank of Switzerland by the government to buy shares in Oil Search Ltd as well as the alleged improper tender and procurement of consultants in relation to the borrowing taken out by the government in 2013.

Opposition questions investigation into Manumanu deal

Leader Don Polye warns that justice and its other ingredients would be compromised, saying the citizens would not be surprised to see it whitewashed again.

“Over K2 million allocated for the inquiry was yet another waste of taxpayers’ money amidst the country’s cash-strapped economy,” says the Opposition Leader. 

“Over 300 Government-sponsored students at the University of PNG need such funds to enable their graduation.”