Well deck the hall with boughs of buai…looks like one of our big men (not Santa Claus), is off to an early Christmas break. It seems all the Halabaloo about the legality of the GG’s position has finally come to a climax of sorts. Scott Waide reports from his PNG News facebook group as follows:
“Scott Waide December 11 at 7:47am
A five bench Supreme Court has found serious breaches of the constitution reguarding the election of the Governor General. The high court today has ruled that parliament resume within 40 days for sections of the leadership code have been breached. The court says the supposed GG’s election was actually a vote to nominate Sir Paulias as a candidate and that further voting through a secret ballot should have been undertaken. Sir Paulias will cease holding office at 12 midday of Monday 13th DEC 2010. Jeffery Nape shall be the Acting Governor General.”
Well very interesting…I was speaking to a lawyer about this and they also raised another interesting legal question. If the GG is the one that officially appoints ministers then does it mean that all the ministers in Somare’s cabinet are also there illegally?
So if that’s the GG stood down, is Somare next? His issues are also building up and we’re just waiting for Christmas now to see what Santa will bring?