Vote of No Confidence (VONC)

Supreme Court hears VONC

When hearing the matter today, the Presiding Judge Justice Derek Hartshorn ordered the Speaker and the Attorney General to submit their application by Friday 14th of June 2024.

Hartshorn adjourned the matter to June 18th for a hearing.

The lawyer representing the Opposition, Philip Tabuchi said because the Speaker and the Attorney General were named as interested parties to the reference, the Court has ordered them to file and serve the replications to intervene in the case.

VONC defective

Speaker Job Pomat when announcing the results of the Private Business Committee said the name of the MP for Middle Fly Hewabi Maso was not written in the proper order with the surname going ahead of the first name.

This is now causing an uproar in the House with members of the opposition accusing the decision of the Private Business Committee  as biased.

According to the Speaker as the Chairman of the Private Business Committee, the name of the MP for Middle Fly is not the same as the name that appears on the writ.

The VoNC process explained

The VoNC process takes more than a week to conclude and the process starts today when parliament meets at 2pm.

It is a surety that it will not take place on the first day of the sitting.

A VoNC only takes place when a motion is filed before the Private Business Committee (PBC) who must sit and vet the motion to ensure all criteria is met.

Stay away from VONC, citizens warned

Commander for Northern, Assistant Commissioner of Police Peter Guinness warned the public not to use the Vote of No Confidence, to create unnecessary excitement, or anxiety which may lead to law and order problems.

He said the proposed VONC is a government process that only politicians will deal with.

“The VONC has got nothing to do with the public at large, you and I have already elected our leaders, and they are now sitting in parliament, it is up to them to decide who will become the next Prime Minister,” he said

Businesses urged to be cautious

The VONC period starts from the date of the expiration of the grace period to the voting of a new prime minister.

The Federation explained that the 18-month grace period for the government ended on Friday, February 9th

Yesterday (Feb 13), Parliament sat for its first session in 2024 at around 2.30 pm, where Deputy Speaker and Markham MP, Koni Iguan, confirmed receiving a notice of motion for a Vote of no Confidence against Prime Minister James Marape.

VONC does not concern you

During the first 18 months of a five-year term, new governments are protected from Parliamentary motions of no-confidence. The 18-month grace period for the Marape-led coalition lapsed on Friday, February 9th.

This opens the door for a motion of no-confidence to be moved against Prime Minister James Marape; a process that would take at least two weeks before the actual voting takes place.

Citizens urged to stay away from VONC

Interim Assistant Commissioner of Police NCD/Central Command, Peter Guinness, said: “VONC will be announced today but it may not happen today because they have their processes to follow.”

“My good people of Central and NCD (let) the politicians do their job. If they want to change the government, then it is up to them.

“I do not want you the public to (get) involved and we create problems amongst ourselves again,” he said.

He said as of today the Police will run its VONC Police operation with the PNGDF.

Joint Security forces on alert

Consisting of 300 members of the PNGDF and 200 members of the RPNGC, operations began yesterday evening.

Interim ACP for NCD/Central Peter Guinness said in yesterday’s media conference that the operation will involve roadblocks within the city and the Parliament House precinct.

“The Police Operations will be in the inner parameters of the Parliament House which include the Wagani Courthouse and Sir John Guise Stadium.

“The outer parameter will be controlled by the PNGDF personnel.

VONC Process

This round of sitting is critical as the 18-month grace period for the Marape-led government has expired and the door is open for a motion to be moved for a Vote of No Confidence (VONC) against Prime Minister James Marape.

A VONC only takes place when a motion is filed before the Private Business Committee (PBC) who must sit and vet the motion to ensure all criteria is met.

Police to take tough measures during VONC

Commissioner of Police, David Manning, said many people are questioning their safety during the VONC period as social media commentators continue to spread fear with unnecessary posts of security threats.

“VONC is a concern because people continue to weaponize social media to destabilize the security of the country,” Manning said.

“As to questions leading into vote of no confidence will commence or not is not our concern, our concern is people willing to jeopardize livelihood of our people and especially our residents in this city.”