WHAT IS AN ELECTORAL PETITION TRACK?
The electoral petitions track (EP) is a judicial track of the registry of the National Court which is dedicated to the registration and management of all electoral petitions filed with the National Court.
Created in 2012, this is a particular avenue because petitions are normally submitted every five years. The track of electoral petitions falls under the equity division of the registry of the National Court.
It is headed by the track manager Kini Mamis and generally supervised by the Assistant Registrar-Equity.
Like other special tracks, such as human rights, advertising and appeals, and judicial review, an administrator judge is appointed to manage the workflow on the election petitions track.
The administrator judge, Election Petition, is Judge Colin Makail.
This track manages all election petitions filed in Waigani and other provinces.
There is a list of election petitions maintained by the registrar containing the reference, names and status of election petitions and related procedures.
A petitioner, primarily a losing candidate who is dissatisfied with the outcome of an election, has the right to challenge by filing a petition with the National Court or the Contested Returns Tribunal.
The defendant who files a request in response, in accordance with article 206 of the organic law, mentions the name of the candidate elected as the first defendant, designates the Electoral Commission as the second defendant and does not name any other defendant except with the authorization of the Search .
Some of the challenges the runway faces are the pressure on the ramp attendants in the final minutes, especially on the 40th day a petition is due, officers need to be familiar with the laws and rules in order to perform their duties effectively. and given the sensitivity of the petition, security is at high risk.