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Pariwa applies to review objection

A NEW twist in the two election petitions challenging the election of Ramsey Pariwa as the Regional member and Governor for Madang Province.

Governor Pariwa has gone to the Supreme Court seeking a review of the decision by the National to refuse a number of objections to competency issues on the two petitions that was heard at the end of last month in Madang.

But despite that, the trial proper for both election petitions, EP 93 by former PNGDF Commander, retired Major General Jerry Singirok and EP 95 by former Madang Governor Peter Charles Yama will commence this Thursday 7th of September.

The leave to review application went before a one-man bench of the Supreme Court last Friday in which the presiding Supreme Court Judge Justice Derek Hartshorn told the parties that the leave to review cannot be heard earlier and set the date of the leave application to be heard on the 25th of September.

He told Mr Pariwas lawyer to seek an adjournment in the National Court which is expected to commence the trial of both applications on the 7th of September.

For Singirok there were eight grounds of objections to competency against his petition by Pariwa but all were refused and allowed to go to trial while the objection to competency of Yamas petition by Pariwa were refused and allowed by the National Court.

This had aggrieved Mr Pariwa who filed a review of the National Courts decision on both petitions.

For Singiroks petition, Pariwa is seeking a review of the National Courts decision that refuse to dismiss the Petition based on his objection that the two grounds of errors and omissions pleaded in the Petition contained insufficient facts contrary to s. 208 (a) of the Organic Law on National and Local-level Government Elections.

While for Yama, Governor Pariwa is seeking a review of the National Courts decision in refusing its objection argument that Yama had filed his petition out of time or after the required 40 days that was filed using the new Integrated Electronic Court Management System (IECMS)