Port Moresby North West Counting Update

Candidates contesting the Moresby North West Open electorate in the National Capital District have filed court proceedings to apply for judicial review of the decisions of three named defendants.

The defendants are the Assistant Returning Officer for the electorate Tamasi Toua, Returning Officer Vincent Manukayasi and Electoral Commissioner Simon Sinai.

The plaintiffs application was heard at the National Court in Waigani this afternoon, through their lawyer Gloria Salika.

Justice Joseph Yagi will make a ruling on Thursday this week, on whether leave to apply for a review will be granted or not.

Among the decision of the defendants, is the one made on July 20th, 2022.

This is in relation to their refusal to exclude from scrutiny marked ballot papers comprising votes from Ward 1 at the polling places located at Hanuabada, Elevala, Mirigini and Gabi, in Port Moresby North West electorate.

They alleged that the ballot papers were not lawfully cast and that the ballot box was tampered with, and the integrity of the ballot papers in it were compromised.

This was opposed by lawyer representing the defendants, arguing that this is an abuse of process.

They are also seeking an order that the grant of leave operates as a stay of the counting of the ballot papers for the Moresby North West electorate, pending the hearing and determination of the substantive matter.

The plaintiffs are Isaac Lupari on behalf of himself, Dr. Thadeus Kambanei, Anna Bais, Jackson Kiakari, Desmond Yaninen, Allan Nanguromo, Tagaro Asiba, Segie Otio, Janet Benabo and Walter Yangomina

NBC News – Eric Tamaan /Port Moresby North West Counting Update

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