Patrick Pruaitch

VIDEO: Petitioner challenges Aitape-Lumi MP

Candidate and runner-up of the open seat, Emmanuel Solwai Mambei, has lodged the election petition at the National Court, saying he has immense support from people in the district, including candidates who contested the Aitape-Lumi open seat in the recent 2017 national elections.
Mambei says bribery is among the number of allegations leveled against the party leader of the National Alliance Party, and now Leader of the Opposition.
The practicing lawyer spoke to TVWan News in a phone interview today, about the election petition.


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Pruaitch announces shadow cabinet

The Opposition Leader, Patrick Pruaitch, said the shadow cabinet will not be unnecessarily obstructive, but will support the government to uphold leadership conduct and proposed laws and policies.

“I wish to remind the government that political leadership in our country is not an end in itself but a means to an end.

As far as parties and leaders in the Opposition are concerned, the end is the welfare, prosperity and the common good of every citizen – every girl, every woman, every boy and every man – of this nation.

VIDEO: Pruaitch questions 100 day plan

In a public statement, Pruaitch said the plan is bound to fail because it's first important rule to have a 'Small, efficient government' was broken when the Prime Minister announced 9 vice ministers to support his 33-men cabinet.
Pruaitch is also convinced Minister Abel will not be able to reduce the 2017 budget deficit GDP ratio when the Final Budget outcome is released next year. 
He says nothing suggests in the 100-day plan of any attempt to reduce any public-sector costs, and the government may be forced to squeeze government agencies for more funds.


Opposition calls on Baki to resign

Opposition leader, Patrick Pruaitch expressed his outmost disgust in a media conference at the lack of immediate action by the Commissioner for Police in regards to the warrant of arrest issued for the Prime Minister.

“We have seen a deliberate delay tactic by the Commissioner for Police and clearly a conflict of interest demonstrated.”

Pruaitch said himself including the members of the opposition have demanded that the Police Commissioner either steps aside or delegate the role of inviting the Prime Minister to have a conversation regarding the matter at hand.

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Gamato approved a dead man’s signature

The PNG Electoral Commissioner, Patilias Gamato, has accepted an Election Writ signed by a deceased returning officer.


Gamato comes clear on using deceased’s name

Peter Isoaimo declared as Member elect for Kairuku Hiri Open

Isoaimo was officially declared by Kairuku Hiri Returning Officer Tabu Vaira today at Bomana CS.

He was escorted to Bomana by the National Alliance Party leader and Member elect for Aitape Lumi Patrick Pruaitch and three other NA MPs.

Isoaimo signed the Writ witnessed by supporters, counting officials, electoral officers, security personnel and the media.

He thanked the people of Kairuku Hiri for having the trust and confidence in him and giving him the mandate to lead a full five year term after he was elected during the bi election in 2014.

EC deprived PNG’s democratic rights: Pruaitch

National Alliance Party parliamentary leader, Patrick Pruaitch, said it was inexcusable that thousands of Papua New Guineans have been unable to exercise their democratic right because the Electoral Commission had failed in its primary task of updating the Electoral Roll.

“Many of us have theories about these turn of events with legitimate voters taken off the Roll and other electorates padded in inexplicable ways,” Pruaitch says.

He also said returning officers have the legal authority to declare winning candidates.

NA Party aims to save PNG economy

"We are not promising overnight miracles,” says NA Party Leader, Patrick Pruaitch.  

“It will take time to work through current cash flow problems and to stabilise the economy.”

Pruaitch said the NA-led Government in 2002-2007 did rescue the country’s economy from a deficit to surplus budget.

He states that the current economic climate is challenging because of the K15 billion explosion in public sector debt in the past five years.

Pruaitch slams missionary’s deportation

Pruaitch in a statement said the deportation proves that the government has no respect for the rule of law and for due processes.

He said the Government ignored a stay order from the Kokopo National Court and a prohibition on any airline from carrying out the deportation of the New Zealand citizen.

Tennent, the Administrator of the Catholic Archdiocese of Rabaul and a former law lecturer at the University of PNG, was deported for reported involvement with landowner issues in East New Britain.

Supreme Court dismisses Pruaitch’s appeal

Pruaitch was seeking discovery of the Ombudsman Commission’s investigation documents in the appeal, which challenges a decision of the National Court from Dec 2014 after the lower court rejected a motion he was seeking in a civil proceeding.

This was after he became subject to investigation by the Ombudsman Commission, during his term as the Minister for Forestry from 2002-2007, regarding allegations of misconduct in office against him under the Leadership Code.