PNG Electoral Commissioner's case thrown out

7:20 pm on 2 August 2018

A lack of compliance with directives from the Papua New Guinea National Court by the lawyer for the Electoral Commissioner, Patilias Gamato, has seen his case against a blogger thrown out.

PNG Electoral Commissioner, Patilias Gamato.

PNG Electoral Commissioner, Patilias Gamato. Photo: EMTV

Justice Ere Kariko raised concerns about the number of cases in which lawyers did not comply with court directions, according to LoopPNG.

Mr Gamato had filed against the activist-blogger Martyn Namorong in July last year, asserting he had been defamed.

The commissioner got a restraining order stopping Mr Namorong from publishing any further allegedly defamatory remarks on Facebook or Twitter.

However the court said Mr Gamato's lack of compliance with court directions showed a lack of genuine interest in pursuing the case.

Justice Kariko yesterday exercised his right to dismiss the case.