102 to be summoned in Yangoru-Saussia petition

Summons will be issued by a court for a total of 102 witnesses to attend and give evidence in the election petition trial over the Yangoru-Saussia seat.

The two-month trial will run from August 1 to September 28 at the Wewak National Court.

Petitioner Peter Wararu Waranaka appeared in person today and informed the Waigani National Court that a video will also be presented as evidence when the petition goes for hearing.

He is alleging instances of bribery against re-elected member Richard Maru and instances of errors and omission at counting against the Electoral Commission.

Waranaka has also filed a review that is pending before the Supreme Court. The review is still in its leave stages.

Justice Collin Makail said the trial has been set for the months of August and September, pending the outcome of the Supreme Court review, and if it will be resolved earlier.

Two objections challenging the competency of the petition will be the first order of business on August 1.

Waranaka has filed 53 witness statements that will be relied on in the trial while Maru has filed 24 affidavits.

Sally Pokiton