SIM rego challenge thrown out

A case that was filed in court challenging the government sanctioned SIM card registration by telecommunication companies has been dismissed by the National Court.

Justice Ere Kariko today dismissed the case that was filed by Francis Baundo, who claimed to represent the majority of people in the rural areas.

The state today moved its motion and asked the court to dismiss the legal challenge saying it was an abuse of the court process.

The court upheld the state’s motion, throwing out the case that Baundo filed late last month.  

Baundo filed the case seeking to have the court order for the entire registration process to be made flexible or voluntary.

He was questioning the validity of the NICTA Act and Regulation that led to the process of the SIM card registration that is currently being carried out by telecommunication companies.

(File pic of NICTA CEO, Charles Punaha, left)

Sally Pokiton