Kandep trial continues

An election petition trial disputing the return of Alfred Manasseh as Kandep Open MP, is now underway at the Waigani National Court.

The Kandep open seat was one of those hot seats from the 2017 National General Election which not only saw disruptions during counting but lives lost as well.

The election petition trial over the Kandep open seat commenced on Monday July 13 and will run through to August 31.

Petitioner Don Polye will present his evidence through witnesses to support his allegations over the first 10 days of the trial before the Electoral Commission and sitting MP, Manasseh, present their case.

Polye has 56 witnesses listed to be called. Four gave evidence in court on Monday. 

This morning saw one of the Port Moresby based police officers involved in security operations give his account of events during counting.

Manasseh has 39 witnesses while the Electoral Commission 22. 

There are eight grounds in the petition. The trial continues at Waigani.

Sally Pokiton