Judge warns of Election Recount Violence

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Candidates contestingthe Usino Bandi seat in Madang have being urged not to incite more violence to disruptthe recount currently in progress.

 

Resident Judge David Cannings issued this orders when handing down a decision on a stay application to stopthe recount on Monday.

Anyone found to be involved will facethe full brunt ofthe law.

 

Mr. Peter Yama came out of court a happy man with two of his cases now water underthe bridge.

 

The first was an application for leave to reviewthe National Court Decision by Judge David Cannings for the recount ofthe Usino Bandi seat.

 

Presiding Judge Elenas Betari dismissedthe application allowingthe recount to remain.

 

Whilstthe Supreme Court was handing down its decision lawyers of Anton Yagama and Peter Yama were inthe National court arguing anther application by Anton Yagama askingthe court to intervene to stopthe Usino Bandi recount currently in progress.

 

Yagama raised allegations of electoral misconduct during counting and transporting of ballot boxes to polling areas by returning officers.

 

These allegations were found to be mere speculations with no hard evidence to substantiate it.

 

They were dismissed by Judge Cannings allowingthe recount to continue.

 

The ruling came with conditions attached, not for any candidate,their family and supporters to incite any more violence to disrupt counting.

 

Cannings saidthe action of candidates is unbecoming of future lLeadersand he will not hesitate to take contempt chargers on those inciting violence.

 

Pictured: Peter Yama outside Waigani Court after his win.

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