Application over election petition set for hearing

The National, Tuesday July 19th, 2016

A consolidated review application by Kandep MP Don Polye and Alfred Manase regarding an election petition decision in the national court is set for a two-day hearing next month.
Polye’s lawyer Paulus Dowa presented a draft consolidated index of the review book to the court in Waigani yesterday.
Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia endorsed the draft index and told Polye and Manase to prepare and file a consolidated review book in accordance with the draft index within three weeks.
Sir Salamo told parties, which included the Electoral Commission, to file their extract of arguments by Aug 12 before the consolidated review applications is heard on Aug 15 and Aug 16.
The consolidated review applications arose from the election petition by Manase which was determined on May 2 by Justice Joseph Yagi at the Waigani National Court.
Yagi upheld a ground in the election petition relating to five disputed ballot boxes that were rejected by the returning officer, and ordered that the declaration of Polye as the Kandep MP be set aside.
The court dismissed the other three grounds because the allegations were not sufficiently proven.