Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Don Polye calls on Ombudsman Commission to investigate Peter O'Neill and Sir Peter Ipatas - violation of party laws.

PNG's Opposition Leader Hon. Don Pomb Polye is calling on the Ombudsman Commission to investigate the Enga governor Sir Peter Ipatas for illegally nominating as a PNC candidate whilst being an active leader of his People's Party.

Mr Polye said the commission should also consider investigating the Prime Minister Peter O'Neill for what he labelled as 'luring senior MPs like Sir Ipatas and others from smaller parties in government.'

He described Ipatas' nomination as illegal, an abuse of office and a breach of the Organic Law on Political Parties and Candidates.

Polye queried how could a senior and a knighted MP like him engage himself in a blunder like this. He said it was a disgrace for the people of Enga.

He has commended the Registrar of Political Parties and Candidates Dr. Alphones Gelu for exposing the mistake without fear or favour.
"I call on Dr Gelu to consider deregistering PNC and People's parties for breaching the law," he told reporters in Port Moresby today, Thursday (04/05/17) in a media conference.

He said if Gelu boldly did so, he would strengthen strict compliance to rule of law and discourage others in future to follow this precedence.
Polye has expressed a concern that their act had undermined the spirit of institutionality of political parties.

When in power, he said, the revised Organic Law on Political Parties and Candidates, which its passage has been shelved, would be one of his priority commitments after the election.

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