Two petitions filed against Steven

​ Two election petitions have been filed against Member for Esa'ala Open, Davis Steven in the Waigani National Court.

The second-term MP, had petitions filed by Glenn Tobewa and Professor, Misty Baloiloi.

In the petition filed by Glenn Tobewa, two persons have been summoned by the court to be available for the trial.

Treasurer, Dairi Vele, has also been summoned to produce copies of signed cheques before October 4, for the trial.

As for the petition filed by Professor Baloiloi, he is alleging one count of bribery and undue influence against Steven.

The anticipated one-day trial is expected to see four witnesses called on the part of the petitioner, while Steven’s lawyer has filed an objection on the competency of the petition, alleging it was filed two days late.

All parties in the cases have been given two weeks to sort their witness statements.

Meantime, the Electoral Commission has also been ordered to produce the tally sheets and declaration forms from the election.

Meanwhile the petition filed against Henry Isi Leonard by Gordon Wesley in the Samarai-Murua seat, will return for directions next week because there is a conflict in the legal representation of the Electoral Commission in this case.

Sally Pokiton