Petition against Sungi dismissed

Kumbakor filed the petition on August 30, disputing Joe Sungi's re-election as Nuku MP.

Sungi was declared member elect on July 20th.

His lawyer filed a motion, objecting the petition saying it was incompetent because it was filed late.

The two issues brought to court in that motion was that two public holidays fell between that period of declaration and the date the petition was filed.

The public holidays were Remembrance and Repentance day respectively. 

Sungi retains Nuku open seat

The National Alliance Candidate was declared at Nuku Station this afternoon.

Returning Officer Francis Yawalan told Loop PNG that after the 7th exclusion, Joe Sungi was declared by collecting 11,112 votes.

Pangu Pati candidate Andrew Kumbakor is on second spot with 7,851 votes.

"Mr Sungi was declared at 2:22pm, the absolute majority is 10,599."

Nine candidates contested for the Nuku Open seat, and the runner up is the former MP for Nuku.

Nuku electorate counting set for Tuesday

Returning officer Francis Yawalan confirmed to Loop PNG that the counting will be held at Nuku District Office following the completion of checking the election returns and also preparation of the counting venue.

He said 16 boxes for the Open seat and Provincial seat will be counted. 

Polling for Nuku electorate was completed on Friday.