Waigani National Court

EC waits for K2.5m

It has also gotten an extension of 51 days to conduct the recount, as ordered by the National Court.

The recount that was ordered in November last year has not started due to various disputes over the recount venue, which was set by the Electoral Commissioner.

The results were due on Wednesday, February 6th.

On Friday, the Electoral Commission was granted an extension of 51 days – from February 6 – to conduct the court ordered Simbu provincial seat recount, and return the results for verification by the Waigani National Court.

Goroka by-election ordered

The order was issued this morning after the court refused the recount results.

This is because the Returning Officer and Electoral Commission failed to locate and remove 775 invalid ballot papers in the recount as ordered by the court. This was when it ordered the recount in May last year.

Goroka open will have no parliamentary representative as of today.

The court will be forwarding the orders to the speaker of parliament.

The Electoral Commission has been ordered to conduct the by-election as soon as possible.

Impersonator told to pay up

The Waigani National Court convicted and sentenced 47-year-old Ande Joseph to four years in jail for impersonating and misappropriating K61,000.

A man described by the courts as one with multiple identities, the father-of-seven impersonated his deceased uncle between June 2015 and January 2017, to access service providers’ payments from the 2012 National Elections.

Joseph Ande presented himself as Thomas Martin with intent to defraud Westpac Bank and the Electoral Commission.

Verdict next week

A man has stood trial at the Waigani National Court over allegations he impersonated his uncle between June 2015 and January 2017, to access Service providers’ payments from the 2012 National Elections.

Joseph Ande made false representations as Thomas Martin, at the Westpac Bank, to access monies for services rendered to the Electoral Commission.

He allegedly opened two accounts at the bank, using a fake driver’s license, to access two BPNG Cheques drawn from the PNG Electoral Commission totaling K61, 000.

Kandep petition goes to trial

The National Court yesterday delivered its ruling on two objection motions filed by sitting MP, Alfred Manasseh, and the Electoral Commission.

The court found there are valid grounds to test the allegations at trial.

The petition will proceed to trial after it survived two motions challenging its competency.

Eight of the 10 grounds pleaded in the petition will go for trial. 

Submissions on Hela regional petition tomorrow

Lawyers for petitioner Dr Hewali Hemiya and sitting MP, Philip Undialu, will return to court on Friday for submissions.

Trial in this petition has been complete.

The trial judge will now hear final submissions from counsels before a ruling can be given.

Meanwhile, the other petition that was filed by Francis Potape also disputing Undialu's election as governor has been remitted to the National Court for trial.

The Supreme Court remitted Potape's petition for trial after a successful review.

Trial is yet to commence for Potape's petition.

Henry Amuli remains Sohe MP: Court

The decision was officially made by Justice Iova Geita today.   

Justice Iova Geita announced the decision following a recount of all ballot papers, which was ordered by the Court on the 21st of February 2017 as per section 212 (1) (d) of the Organic Law on National and Local Level Government Elections.

The recount commenced on May 21st in Popondetta as the electoral documents were kept there.

These orders were complied with and results were presented to the Court on the 8th of June 2018.

Dr Schram allowed to travel

The Waigani National Court granted leave to Schram’s bail variation application today, allowing him to travel out of the country.

The former two-term VC, who is on a tourist visa, was granted permission to temporarily leave the country and travel to Italy.

The purpose of his trip is to go back to the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, and bring his original PhD certificate, which is the subject of his case in the Committal Court.

Unregistered SIM deactivation imminent

The Waigani National Court allowed the withdrawal of the case after leave was sought by Member for Madang, Bryan Kramer.

Kramer asked for the withdrawal after the court refused to allow the injunctive orders of April 30 to be extended for a further seven days.

He sought an adjournment to obtain a copy of the decision (gazettal of regulation) by NICTA regarding deactivation to file his case.

Soldiers’ trial deferred

Jude Nidung, David Travolta, Alwin Matiabe, Tobias Samson and Kenneth Yangun, appeared in the National Court today for mention. Gregory Tuaki was not present in court. 

Their trial will not take place this month due to legal representation issues. Their case was adjourned to June 11.

The six are in court over allegations they were involved in a fight on July 25, 2015, which resulted in Grade 11 student, Jeremiah Yinu, being hospitalized after receiving life threatening injuries.