Election petition on Kavieng seat filed

An election petition challenging the outcome of the Kavieng Open seat has been filed in the Court of Disputed Returns by former MP, Ben Micah.

The petition was filed on Tuesday against the successful candidate Ian Ling-Stuckey.

Ling-Stuckey has been named as the first respondent while the Electoral Commission the second.

The notice of petition has taken effect and each respondent who wishes to defend the petition is to contact the Registrar of the National Court to obtain a copy of the petition.

It will be listed for hearing at a later date.

The National Alliance member was declared the new Member for Kavieng Open on July 20 by Returning Officer, Yuyu Lasbut.

Ling-Stuckey polled 9,368 after the 20th exclusion, reaching the absolute majority of 8,042. 

He unseated People’s Progress Party leader Ben Micah. 

Sally Pokiton