Simbu recount results returns to court

BY STANLEY NONDOL

The judicial recount for the Chimbu provincial seat was completed last week and the results was returned back to court last week Friday as it was a court ordered recount said Electoral Commissioner Patalias Gamato says.

Gamato said after the completion of recount on Sunday last week. The recount was conducted at the National Sports Institute in Goroka, Eastern Highlands but the results would have to be returned to court.

The National Court in Waigani last year had ordered the Electoral Commission to recount thevotes for the seat after finding evidence of illegal practices and errors or omissions at the counting venues during the counting of the 2017 general election.

Michael Dua in 2017 general election polled 79,839 votes, beating former governor Noah Kool who polled 68,769.

The Waigani National Court on November 27 last year upheld a petition filed by former Chimbu Governor Noah Kool challenging the victory of incumbent Governor Michael Dua during the 2017 national election.

Mr Gamato said it took the PNGEC almost three months and cost around K2 million to have the recount done. It was delayed for a while because there were too many disturbances at the start of the cont.

The result will not be disclosed at this time as may amount to contempt. Only the court will announce the results after verification if the recount has complied with the orders of the court.

Michael Dua is now in the Prime Minister Peter O’Neill camp and voted with the government last week parliament session.

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