MADANG Governor Peter Yama has asked the court to determine the citizenship status of Bryan Kramer and in turn his eligibility to be a Member of Parliament.
In documents filed by lawyer Ben Lomai, the Madang provincial government and Yama, in his capacity as governor and chairman of the provincial assembly, questioned whether Kramer was a PNG citizen when he contested and won the Madang Open seat during the 2017 general election.
“We want the court to (determine whether) Kramer is a citizen of PNG or not,” Yama said.
“If he is not, then we seek a declaration order by the court that Kramer is not a citizen and that he is not qualified to remain a member of parliament representing the people of Madang (district).”
The National yesterday approached Kramer for a comment.
He said he was going to send a statement.
It is understood that he is aware of the case filed by Yama and the provincial government.
The National Court in Waigani is yet to set a date to hear the case.
He is currently the Police Minister in the coalition government led by Prime Minister James Marape.
Yama said yesterday the Madang provincial executive council had also “expelled” Kramer for failing to attend three consecutive provincial assembly meetings.
Yama alleged that Kramer had recently applied for a dual citizenship.
“The Madang Open seat belongs to the people of Madang and as their governor, it is my obligation to ensure the office of the Madang MP is protected with integrity.”