Judiciary releases new election petition rules

The PNG Judiciary has released new election petition rules that will cater for new case that may arise from the 2017 National General Elections.

These new rules replace the 2002 election petition rules.

By instrument dated the 26 June, 2017, Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia determined that as of July 3, 2017, the Election Petition rules 2002 ceased.

And pursuant to rule 2(2) of the National Court Election Petition rules 2017, the Chief Justice reappointed Justice Collin Makail as the Judge Administrator of the National Court Elections Track.

A security cost fee of K5000 remains for all election petition matters with a filing fee of K1000.

All election petitions must be filed by midnight, 40 days after declaration of the disputed return.

Training for the new election petition rules will take place on Thursday and Friday in Port Moresby.

Meanwhile, both the National and Supreme Courts will not be sitting this week due to workshops being attended to by all judges.

Only very urgent matters will be attended to.

Sally Pokiton