Job Pomat

Petition challenging Pomat’s win dismissed

Pomat made these comments on Wednesday after the election petition that was filed against him by Wep Kanawi was withdrawn in the Court of Disputed Returns.

He filed the petition based on the grounds of errors and omissions made during the counting period by the Electoral Commission.

The matter went to court on Wednesday for pre-trial conference, to check compliance to directions that were issued on September 20.

However lawyer for the petitioner, Kanawi, asked the court to withdraw the proceeding.

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Pomat sworn in

Pomat was received by Governor-General Sir Bob Dadae at the State House. He was accompanied by Chief of Protocol, Morea Veratau, Clerk of Parliament and Sergeant at Arms.

Also present was Gulf Regional Governor Chris Haiveta, and Manus Governor Charlie Benjamin.

Following the formalities, Pomat was adorned with the attire of the Speaker before a toast was held.

Pomat is currently returning to Parliament where a prime minister will be voted.

Pomat is new speaker

With 106 MPs in the House, Pomat collected 60 to be declared as Speaker of Parliament.

Rabaul MP Dr Allan Marat, who was also nominated for the Speaker's post, collected 46 votes.

Ialibu-Pangia MP, Peter O'Neill, thanked Pomat for his appointment and pledged to work with him for the next five years.

Governor for Manus Charlie Benjamin also commended Pomat for his appointment.

Parliament has now been suspended as the Speaker-elect will go the Government House for his swearing-in.