North-Fly petition hearing set

Two election petitions that were filed disputing James Donald’s election as North-Fly MP will be heard at the Kiunga National Court early next year.

The election of Donald is being disputed in court by Paiyo Bale and Sam Bob Auwi.

A motion by Donald, challenging the competency of the petition Auwi filed, will be heard next week at the Waigani National court. Donald’s motion is on grounds of late filing.

If that motion is unsuccessful and petition survives, other motions on objections will be heard at the commencement of trial.

The petition filed by Bale has been fixed from 1 February to 9 February, 2018, in Kiunga, Western Province.

(James Donald outside the courthouse)

Sally Pokiton