William Powi

Parties told to respect court process

The petition has been listed for hearing of a motion on objection to competency on Monday, February 11th.

The petition went for mention before Trial Judge, Justice George Manuhu, today.

He urged all parties to respect the court process, which will deal with the merits of the election dispute and not on threats and intimidations.

Justice Manuhu issued the remarks after it was brought to the court’s attention by one of the parties that ‘threats’ were being issued.

Powi claims security personnel ‘compromised’

Powi claimed that security personnel were compromised in carrying out their duties in upholding the rule of law. 

Powi was issuing his personal apology to the nation in Port Moresby today.

Whilst apologising, he claimed that security personnel who were on ground did not prevent state properties from getting burnt.

“The security personnel were on the ground when the incident happened last Thursday but haven’t done anything to stop these terrorist acts by certain individuals.

Mendi reacts

Reliable sources informed this newsroom that early this afternoon, a group of angry locals, alleged to be supporters of Joseph Kobol, attacked an aircraft belonging to Air Niugini.

Both reports stated that the tyres and propellers to the Dash 8 sustained some damage after which, the aircraft was then set on fire, including Governor Powi’s house in North Kagua.

One source said the mob outnumbered police and army personnel.

The same source said the Court House, Health Department, Education Department offices have also been burnt.

More reports to come.

Petition disputing Powi’s win dismissed

This seat was the first to go to the polls and the last to have its writ returned after a declaration was made in Port Moresby “under special circumstances”.

The Southern Highlands regional seat saw three months of prolonged counting to rejected declaration results, changes in appointments of returning officers and eventually a declaration in Port Moresby on the evening of 27 September 2017, without the alleged completion of the scrutiny process. 

Parlt receives B’ville affairs report

The committee comprising of MPs Joe Sungi, Jim Kas and Dr Allan Marat, travelled to the region in 2016 and 2017 to compile the report.

Its recommendations included:

Mendi anticipates PAC swearing-in

This is in preparation for the swearing - in of the provinces, Provincial Assembly council members.

Meantime, the Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill, is expected to arrive today as well to be sworn-in.

Other members of the Assembly include Governor, William Powi, Imbonggu MP, Pila Ninigi, Mendi MP, Michael Nali, Nipa Kutubu MP, Jeffrey Komal and Kagua Erave MP, Wesley Raminai.

Meanwhile, police are maintaining road checks and can be observed to be checking vehicles driving into and out of Mendi.

More updates to come.

Court rejects Kobol’s objection

This was against a notice of motion that was filed by Southern Highlands Governor William Powi.

Powi had filed a motion to refer 8 proposed questions to the Supreme Court for interpretation.

The motion is brought pursuant to section 18 of the Constitution.

The eight proposed questions relate to the proper exercise of power by the Electoral Commissioner to stop counting of votes and declare the first respondent, William Powi, as candidate elected under Section 175 of the Organic Law on National and Local Level Government Elections.

VIDEO: Powi declaration rejected

They explained this rejection in a press conference over the weekend.

 

Salome Vincent with more 

 

 

Gamato recognises Powi amidst concerns

Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato received the writ on Thursday night at the PNG Electoral Commission headquarters in Port Moresby.

On Thursday, several candidates voiced their concerns and asked for counting to proceed into eliminations to complete the LPV system. They claimed none of the 25 candidates reached the absolute majority after the primary vote counts.

However, just hours after talking to the media, Gamato accepted the writ from the Provincial Returning Officer Steven Gore Kaupa, which automatically recognised incumbent Powi as the duly-elected governor.

Court: SHP regional counting must continue

This was the ruling of the court after incumbent MP, William Powi, went to court, asking it to stop counting progressing to the quality check stage and prevent elimination from starting until 84 rejected ballot boxes, kept in Mendi, are taken to Mt Hagen for counting.

Powi’s lawyer went to court seeking the interim orders which were refused. The Southern Highlands regional seat is one of the only two outstanding electorates where the writs are yet to be returned, despite being one of the first provinces to go to the polls.