9 Aug 2013

Six petitions against elected MPs in PNG upheld

7:25 am on 9 August 2013

Six petitions against members of Parliament elected in last year's general elections have been upheld by the National Court.

There were 105 petitions challenging either the winning member or the Electoral Commission in their conduct during the election process, with over half of them being dismissed.

According to a PNG Judiciary website, six were upheld, 14 withdrawn or discontinued, 25 yet to be determined or pending trial dates and 62 dismissed.

The six successful petitions included those against Police Minister Dixon Duban and Education Minister Paru Aihi.

Petitions were brought in 79 out of the total 111 electorates in the country.

It was the highest number of election petitions ever recorded in the short history of elections in the country.