Goroka, Abau petitions set for trial

The election petition that was filed by Bire Kimisopa, disputing Henry Tutuwo Ame’s win in the Goroka Open seat, has been set for trial.

The petition which alleges grounds of errors, omission and irregularities against the Electoral Commission will go for trial at the Goroka National Court.

Kimisopa will be bringing nine witnesses for the trial.

Trial will be held from December 18-22 before the next available judge, the court ordered today.

Two applications filed by Ame as well as the Electoral Commission challenging the competency of the petition will be heard before the trial proceeds.

Trial dates for the Abau Open seat have also been set for December.

The petition filed by runner-up Evela Kala against third term MP, Sir Puka Temu, will go for five days’ trial from December 4.

Kala is alleging grounds of bribery against Sir Puka.

The trial will be by way of affidavits from witnesses, who will be called by the parties.

It will be held at the Waigani National Court building. A judge is yet to be allocated to hear the petition.

Sally Pokiton