Challenge over Konga’s win set for hearing

The election challenge over Nakikus Konga’s win as East New Britain Regional member will be heard in Kokopo in the month of April.

Petitioner Sir Leo Dion has filed 25 witness statements that will be relied on in the trial while the sitting MP, Konga, has 8 affidavits filed.

Sir Leo is alleging instances of errors and omission at polling against the Electoral Commission in this petition.

Two objections challenging the competency of the petition will be the first order of the day when the 14-day trial commences on April 3. The trial is scheduled to run through to April 20.

Justice Collin Makail today told counsels involved in the petition to work around the timeframe in preparation for trial.

Parties will return to court in March to check on the trial preparation progress.

(Nakikus Konga file pic)

Sally Pokiton