PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Nov. 27) – Papua New Guinea Acting Speaker of Parliament Jeffery Nape yesterday called for nominations for the post of Governor General.

Parliament will meet next Tuesday to elect a new Governor General.

The election is necessary after the Supreme Court last Friday declared null and void the election of Sir Albert Kipalan.

The court found that proper procedures were not followed in the election of Sir Albert on September 18.

When calling for nominations and announcing the date for the election, Mr Nape warned Members of Parliament to strictly follow the procedures in endorsing their candidates for the vice regal post.

Mr Nape said as a result of the Supreme Court ruling, a member was prohibited from proposing more than one candidate. He told them the Organic Law also expressly prohibits a proposer of a candidate to sign as a supporter of that candidate.

Mr Nape said a Member who proposes a candidate is not allowed to support other candidates, and that a Member who has supported or proposed a candidate cannot later withdraw his support or proposal.

He urged members to hand in their nominations by close of business on Friday, so that enough time is given to the Clerk of Parliament to scrutinize the nominations, and in the event a candidacy was rejected, there would be enough time to appeal this decision.

November 27, 2003

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