Lae’s Lord Mayor In Court

Lae’s pending Lord Mayor court decision between Koim Trilu Leahy and James Khay will go before a judiciary review next Monday.

The validity of the case will be decided before it goes before the National court.


The case, that has dragged into its 13th month is between the elected Lord Mayor, Koim Trilu Leahy, and former Lord Mayor, James Khay.


Leahy unseated Khay with a thousand-count difference in the LLG elections last year. 


Khay brought the matter before the courts of disputed returns on grounds of voters’ intimidation and tampering of ballot boxes during the election and counting.


Koim Trilu Leahy was elected as the lord mayor after defeating 42 other candidates in June last year during the Local Level Government elections.


Immediately after the declaration of Mr. Leahy's victory, Khay announced his intention to pursue Leahy's win in court.


Leahy was officially sworn in as the Lord Mayor by the Morobe provincial executive council last year.

But his statues will again be decided by the court.

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