40-day opportunity given to challenge process: Sir Puka


BOUGAINVILLE Affairs Minister Sir Puka Temu says a period of 40 days is now open for anyone to challenge in court the referendum process and outcome.
“That is a window of opportunity for those who are expressing their views and questioning the legality of the process.
“That opportunity is available following the national government’s receipt of the referendum result,” Sir Puka said.
He said after the referendum’s result was declared on Wednesday, 97.7 per cent voted for independence.
“I therefore, appeal again to members of the public to show caution and due diligence in offering unsubstantiated commentaries and views without really knowing what has been prepared for the post-referendum period.
“This includes preparations for what has been described as the unconstitutionality of the referendum and its outcome.
“The Bougainville Peace Agreement (BPA) has been given legal effect through the Constitution of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, Part XIV and the Organic Law on Peace-Building in Bougainville.”
“Therefore, the Bougainville referendum is a constitutional requirement. It is vital that every effort is made to ensure public awareness of the series of events of which it is part, and that relevant Constitutional Laws, are honoured in letter and spirit.
“The people of Bougainville have voted for independence. According to the BPA, the way forward allows for a consultation process that obligates both the national government and the Autonomous Bougainville Government to go through a consultation process,” he said.
“The essence of that independence issue will be the main item for discussion.”

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