Petition case against Parkop adjourned

By Bridgette Komatep – EM TV, Port Moresby


The Supreme Court will make a decision next year on whether an election petition case against NCD Governor, Powes Parkop, will be reheard.

This comes after petitioner, Michael Kandiu, had his case dismissed by the national court.

Kandiu sought a review of the national court decision but its validity has been challenged by Parkop.

NCD Governor, Powes Parkop emerged from the courtroom to be greeted by eager supporters who wanted to know the outcome of the case. The court in this morning’s session heard that there were three discrepancies in the review submission.

Applicant petitioner and businessman Michael Kandiu and his lawyer Philemon Korowi shortly came out to an awaiting crowd of supporters. Mr Kandiu didn’t look too pleased but told his supporters “that there was hope.”

After almost three hours in court, the judges’ bench comprising Justice Catherine Davani, Justice Ere Kariko and Justice Peter Toliken heard both petitions through lawyers representing Governor Parkop and Mr Kandiu. 

They adjourned the matter to February 2015 for a final ruling on the competency application.

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