Leave refused for Petition review

An application by Runner-up in the NCD Regional seat, Michael Kandiu in the Supreme Court, seeking leave to review the decision of June 15 by the National Court, dismissing his petition has been refused.

On June 15 the National Court dismissed the petition Kandiu filed, challenging Powes Parkop’s win as NCD Regional MP.

The petition was found to be incompetent, and that the grounds presented would not affect the result of the election regardless.

He filed an application in the Supreme Court, seeking leave to review that decision of June 15.

11 grounds seeking leave to review that decision were presented before Justice Oagile Key Dinake, who sat as a Singe Supreme Court judge.

Those 11 grounds must satisfy that the trial judge committed a gross error in allowing the petition to be dismissed at the competency stage, even before trial.

They must also satisfy the court in the leave stage, that there are important laws to be reviwed.

Justice Dinake in his ruling today found none, refusing leave and dismissed the application.

There was no merit in the leave application for the Supreme Court to review. 

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Sally Pokiton