The National, Tuesday 4th June 2013
By JEFFREY ELAPA
FINANCE Minister James Marape is appealing for calm as Tari hosts the National Court competency hearing on the election petition against him by Johnny Philip.
The Tari-Pori MP also called on his supporters and those of Philip to respect the rule of law and not to disturb the court proceeding.
He said despite the big margin of more than 10,000 votes he won over his nearest rival, Philip had every right to challenge it through the petition.
Marape urged the people to refrain from causing trouble during the case which starts today.
“The case is a test of our people’s character, to see our resilience to arguments and tribal and political tensions and violence and hence all must show maturity and know that our judiciary system will fairly dispense judgement in accordance with the law,” he said.
“Starting June 3 we ask people to give peace to allow for a good hearing. However if one decided to cause problem, you have to be prepared to face the full brunt of the law whether you are my supporter or not.”