0609 Court orders 84 disputed boxes for SHP to be counted

The Waigani National Court on Monday (4 September, 2017) this week ordered that 84 disputed ballot boxes for Southern Highlands Provincial Seat locked in the provincial capital Mendi to be admitted for counting.

Presiding judge, Justice Collin Makail, dismissed the motions filed by candidate Joseph Kobol with all the other pending motions after the court found that the court proceedings was an abuse of the electoral process.

Makail said the aggrieved parties should seek the court's assistance regarding election matters only after the election process was completed.

He said the electoral commission should be allowed to carry out his duty without any interference because the election for the seat was not completed.

Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato's lawyer told the court that the commissioner should not be subjected to interference from any authority because the election process was still continuing.

Gamato's lawyer said the courts should intervene in the operations of the election process only after a members was election to office.

The Commissioner's lawyer further argued that counting for the seat was delayed as a result of the proceedings which should be dismissed.

Makail said the court would allow counting for the seat, including the 84 disputed ballot boxes, to continue because the commissioner had made his final decision.

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