Election Differal for 6 months STILL STANDS: Speaker Nape
April 11 2012 at 5:02 PM
PNG, here is the big twist that would get you asking the the big question. Wayward and disgraced speaker of parliament, Jeffery Nape has iterated in Parliament that the decision to differ national election still stands regardless of what the Prime Minister has said yesterday at the protest march.
He said that decision was made by parliament (Not the Cabinet) and as such, it must be repealed through a majority in parliament. In some respect, the wayward speaker is right, that a parliament decision must be re-considered otherwise through a formal parliamentary process. The question is; is Mr. O'Neil playing fiddle with the people of PNG, while having full cognizant of what would otherwise be the truth with regards to whether his (personal) decision to retract parliament's decision to suspend elections by 6 months is binding? I personally will say "YES", O'Neil knows the truth and but he is playing "nice guy" in an attempt to maintain his government's public support.
PNG election uncertainty continues
Eoin Blackwell, AAP Papua New Guinea Correspondent
April 11, 2012 - 4:39PM
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Papua New Guinea's electoral commissioner has approved a new election schedule but Speaker Jeffery Nape says the commission must recognise parliament's vote to delay the poll by six months.
Electoral Commissioner Andrew Trawen on Wednesday issued a revised schedule to the five-yearly electoral program, with the polling set to begin as expected on June 23.
He said the schedule had been approved by Governor-General Sir Michael Ogio.
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But Mr Nape, PNG's enormously powerful Speaker, threw up a potential roadblock as he opened Wednesday's parliamentary session.
He said cabinet alone did not have the power to overturn last week's vote to defer the poll by six months and Mr Trawen must obey parliament's order to defer.
"Parliament has been intimidated by (cabinet) and the judiciary," he said.
"Parliament is supreme. (The) action taken by (cabinet) and the electoral commissioner is unlawful."
Mr Nape said he was seeking legal advice over who had the final say on when PNG will go to the polls.
The Speaker's statement came about two hours before Mr Trawen's revised schedule was sent to journalists and less than 24 hours after Prime minister Peter O'Neill backtracked entirely from the vote to delay.
Mr O'Neill, with members of cabinet in tow, told protesters in Port Moresby on Tuesday that elections would go ahead as scheduled, backed by Mr Trawen, who has been a staunch opponent of the delay.
Mr Trawen agreed to a three week delay for the issue of writs but said the poll would go ahead as scheduled in late June.
The date of PNG's five-yearly election has been up in the air for months, with parliamentarians saying they fear the poll will be unfair because of potential fraud in the electoral rolls.
At the conclusion of Wednesday's session, MPs were invited to a briefing on electoral preparedness attended by Police Commissioner Tom Kulunga and Defence Force Chief Francis Agwi.
Enough is Enough! Lets ask these Monkeys to Clarify on the truth!
April 11 2012, 5:15 PM
New doubt raised over PNG's election date
Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has told the crowd that last week's vote in Parliament has no power and the election will not be deferred. [ABC]
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PNG correspondent Liam Fox reports from Port Moresby
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Liam Fox, Port Moresby and staff
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The speaker of PNG's parliament says a six month deferral of the general election still stands, contradicting the Prime Minister's pledge the election will proceed as planned in June.
There's been a massive pubic outcry to last week's vote in Parliament to defer the general election by six months, and on Tuesday, the Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill, assured thousands of angry protestors that the vote was a mistake and the election will proceed as normal.
The Speaker of Parliament, Jeffrey Nape, disagrees and says Mr O'Neill's cannot override a decision made by parliament.
To do that he says there would need to be another vote in parliament to rescind the deferral.
"The action taken by the [National Executive Council] and its public servant, the electoral commissioner, is deemed unlawful," he said.
"I have to advise member of NEC, including the prime minister...to simply come to parliament and rescind the motion."
Mr Nape says the six-month delay still stands, and as the Electoral Commissioner, Andrew Trawen has failed to have the voter rolls completed on time and therefore must set new election dates.
"I would like for the electoral commissioner to do his duty by setting new dates for the 2012 general election," he said.
"If the electoral commissioner is reluctant to complete the electoral process, parliament will advise the head of state to perform the duties of the electoral commission to set the new dates for the 2012 general election."
He's also told parliament that he'll be seeking legal advice about who can call the elections.
"[I am] seeking clarification who has the power to call elections - the parliament or the public servant who is the electoral commissioner," he said.
Mr Nape's comments are at odds with most experts, who say neither the parliament nor the government has the power to defer elections under PNG's constitution.
On Tuesday Mr O'Neill spoke before a protest of 10,000 of people, who were angry at the proposed delay.
He told the crowd parliament has no power and the election will proceed as scheduled.
"The National Executive Council, the parliament does not have the powers to direct the Electoral Commission," he said.
The Electoral Commissioner, Andrew Trawen, told the crowd the issuing of writs will be deferred by three weeks so electoral rolls can be finalised but polling will proceed on time at the end of June.
Michel Malabag from the Trade Union Congress says their main concern was parliament's vote to defer the general election by six months.
"All politicians, we elected them for a fixed, mandated term of five years and not a day later," he said.
Carr praises O'Neill
Australia's Foreign Minister Bob Carr says Papua New Guinea's prime minister should be proud of his commitment to hold the country's general election as scheduled in June.
Last Thursday, the PNG parliament voted to defer the elections by six months, which caused ten thousand people to protest against the decision in Port Moresby on Tuesday.
PNG's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill, however now says the parliament's decision was not binding on the Electoral Commission and the election will not be deferred.
Senator Carr said Mr O'Neill has demonstrated he leads a developing nation dedicated to democracy.
"The government in other words by heeding to that five yearly election schedule, the government has extra lustre as part of a community of democracies," he said.
Solicitor General Devete & co conspired with law firm to rip claimant
Its good to talk about Judges Onecountry but the public should also be made aware of whats really going on in our high office of Solicitor General Mr Neville Devete
Firstly, he never turns up at work. He does not do 8-4:06 job as a public servant. For last 4 weeks he has never been in his office once for 8-4 pm work, unless the Minister called for him.
Secondly, he never never answers telephone calls. He has no office manners of a High Constitutional Office Holder.
Thirdly, he never responds to correspondence, and if he does its after 6 months has passed.
Fourthly, he has a system of corruption going that he has organized so nicely that I discovered recently when I kept going back to his office to solve my case.
I am a small time road contractor from Simbu. I sacrificed public service job 20 years ago to go home try politics, and live in the village. I started a small contracting company with one truck, and grew to become a sizable contractor employing over 50 people. I had a case against the State 9 years ago and this has led me to Mr Neville Devete . I have a National court Judgement against the State.
He has failed to endorse my Court Judgement to get paid. My Lawyers have been coming and going for past 5 years and have cost me all my savings. I had to lay off all my workers except family members. I have travelled back and forth between Goroka and Port Moresby over 15 times on this matter.
I came down 4 weeks ago living with friends and at guest houses and it is most demoralizing for me. Yes I did go to University. I did get a degree like Mr Neville Devete . I have served the State well. Now I have been a father to over 50 families and working the land. I have lost all that because this guy and his friends decide that they are Gods and some of us have to bow down and crawl to him.
Please can someone do something about this?
Just last week I was told that my matter ( with several Million Kina owing) cannot be signed off by Mr Nevette unless I see Mr Richard Wagambie of Wagambie Lawyers and enter into a fee arrangement with him. I was told this by a very senior officer in that office. Other sources have since confirmed that Mr Neville Devete and his two senior officers just under him use Wagambie Lawyers to get their cut on all dealings. I was told to sack my lawyers and go to Wagambie Lawyers and the matter will be settled.
I became so sick after that. I felt like throwing up. I went back to the guest house and just slept.
When I woke up, I thought, yes 5 tears ago when I had all the workers there and contracts to complete, I may have been pragmatic and done it. But today, I have lost my business, my equipment sold off or rusted. My workers all left, with me owing them money. My kids out of school. I am also a grand father now. I am faced with a couple of young guys, one an Engan called Mr Kandi who is the power broker or money broker behind Neville Devete I am told.
I don't know what is true and what are lies. All I want is to get my one single sheet of paper signed by Mr Neville Devete .
Why is it taking him so long to do this? Why must I and my family, and my workers suffer because of this apparent neglect of duty, to hide a corrupt little system these young guys are running. I dont know how many other people are victims to this but can someone stop it?
Dr Allan Marat where are you my brother. I have known you on the Aussie Rules field many years ago. Can you jump and take the mark I am kicking, come down and crush the dirty little rats? Set us and this country free from corruption under your nose. Check how many cases is Wagambie Lawyers handling for Neville Devete and how much money has been paid out to them. Thats a start.