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July 15, 2020
Highlands News

Kandep Recount Continues

The recounting of the Kandep Seat will continue as per the Supreme Court’s decision on September 6.

Justice Allan David has refused two applications filed by Kandep MP, Don Polye this afternoon.

The applications were to stay the recount and to relook at the decision made on the 6th of September.

Justice David ruled that the leave application for the hearing of the slip rule application be refused.

He said the application has no strong case of success.

This means that the stay application and the slip rule application have no use.

Polye applied for the stay, pending the hearing of the slip rule application, after a three-man Supreme Court bench ordered for the recounting of all the ballot boxes.

His argument was that the National Court had ordered for the recounting of five ballot boxes, which were put aside by the Electoral Commission, when Polye had reached the absolute majority.

However, when the matter was brought to the three-man Supreme Court bench, which comprised of Justices Allan David, Frazer Pitpit, and Jacinta Murray, Polye argued that there was no interest of justice in ordering for the recounting of all the boxes.

Justice David, who was a member of the three-man bench found no issue in their order and he ruled out the applications.

The recounting will continue as normal starting today.

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