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PORT MORESBY: The Opposition is set to challenge the government’s proposal to increase the nomination fee from K1000 to K10, 000 in the Supreme Court if passed, says Opposition Leader Don Polye.
Mr Polye said they would take the matter to the court if the government used its numerical strength to bulldoze it through in Parliament.
Given that K400 million was allocated for the General Elections in the 2017 Budget, he questions why the Prime Minister Peter O’Neill is hell-bent on proposing what he described as ‘unconstitutional and draconian law to cripple a certain group of people.’
“We will challenge this matter in the court if passed in Parliament.
“The Ombudsman Commission took a similar matter to the court when a past government then legislated to increase the nomination fee from K100 to K1000,” he said.
He said the proposal would deny the rights of citizens to contest the election next year, adding it will limit vast majority of aspiring candidates to contest 111 seats in the country.
Polye has brushed aside O’Neill’s justification that the increase is to offset a lack of funding for the Electoral Commission, saying it was a laughing stock.
He stated that they (Opposition) had won several others cases against the government, citing the recall of Parliament, Manus Asylum and his legal capacity on the UBS loan case.
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