Kerowagi Open Seat

High court allows candidate to contest

Bari Palma is a candidate vying the Kerowagi Open Seat this election. He was declared insolvent, or bankrupt, by the Waigani National Court on June 1.

Justice Derek Hartshorn declared him bankrupt after he failed to pay over K275,000 in legal cost from an Election Petition he had filed in 2013. This case is the first of such in the country.

On Nov 13, 2013, the National Court dismissed Palma’s election petition, ordering him to pay K275,119.06.

Aggrieved with the amount, he filed a judicial review in the National Court in February last year.

​Court declares candidate bankrupt

Bari Palma, a candidate for the Kerowagi Open Seat, was declared insolvent (bankrupt) by the National Court on June 1, 2017.

This decision was based on Palma failing to pay the taxed costs of an unsuccessful election petition he had filed previously against the sitting MP, Camillus Dangima Bongoro.

According to court documents, Palma owes Bongoro and the Electoral Commission (defendants) K275,119. 06.