PNG opposition leader reinstated

3:09 pm on 25 May 2016
Papua New Guinea opposition leader and Kandep MP Don Polye.

Don Polye Photo: Papua New Guinea opposition

Papua New Guinea's opposition leader Don Polye is returning to Parliament after being stood down.

Mr Polye from the Kandep Open Electorate was suspended, after the Supreme Court ruled several ballot boxes in the 2012 general election needed to be recounted.

Yesterday, the court reinstated him, but advised the Electoral Commission to count the five remaining ballot boxes within 30 days.

But he said that resuming the opposition leadership was not yet an option as there were processes to follow and that it was up to the caucus to decide.

Mr Polye claims that resisting corruption and not abusing public funds had made people in government target him.

He described the decision as a rugby league match, saying he is now back from the blood bin.

Mr Polye has appealed the earlier decision and the matter will be heard soon.