Supreme Court Hears Application by Peter O’Neill vs State: 2022 General Election

PORT MORESBY – The application filed by Member for Ialibu-Pangia, Peter O’Neill, challenging the constitutionality of the parliament sitting after the 2022 general elections, which saw about 30 seats not declared, was put forward before a five-man bench of the Supreme Court today.

The Intervener, Attorney General of Papua New Guinea, Pila Niningi, represented by Mel and Henry lawyers, presented two submissions before the court. Attorney General Niningi explained the nature of today’s case, stating, “These issues got to be resolved before we proceed onto the substantive hearing, so which we believe that we have a very serious case, not complying with the law.”

The Attorney General’s submissions highlighted concerns of non-compliance with the laws and emphasized the need for the court to resolve the outstanding issues before proceeding to the substantive hearing. “Supreme Court will decide, and shortly we will know,” concluded Attorney General Niningi.

The application by Peter O’Neill has garnered significant attention, as it questions the constitutionality of the parliament sitting after the 2022 general elections, which has been a contentious issue in Papua New Guinea. As a former Prime Minister and prominent political figure, O’Neill’s case has been closely followed by the public and the media.

The five-man bench of the Supreme Court, presided over by Chief Justice, will carefully consider the written submissions presented by the Intervener and the application filed by Peter O’Neill. The outcome of this court hearing will have significant implications for the political landscape and the constitutional interpretation of Papua New Guinea.

As the nation eagerly awaits the decision of the Supreme Court, all eyes are on the outcome of this high-profile case that has the potential to shape the future of Papua New Guinea’s political landscape. The hearing has been adjourned, and the public awaits the court’s decision with bated breath.

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