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Date Posted: Mon, Mar 31 2008, 04:57:25pm
In reply to: Kandepen Opene 's message, "A. Manase vs D. Polye" on Tue, Mar 18 2008, 02:55:30pm

‘Lawyers cause delays in petitions’
KANDEP Open MP Don Polye’s lawyer was cautioned yesterday by National Court judge Justice Mark Sevua against filing affidavits surpassing the number of witnesses indicated to give evidence, saying most delays in petitions are caused by lawyers.
Lawyer Paulus Dowa was told that he could not file extra affidavits and then seek leave of court to accept them as supporting evidence in this election petition.
The court said this as earlier it was informed that Mr Polye had planned to have 50 witnesses. However his lawyer went ahead and filed 61 affidavits instead.
Justice Sevua told Mr Dowa not to use the court as a “rubber stamp”.
The petition was filed by Alfred Luke Manase against Mr Polye on allegations of malpractices.

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Date Posted: Tue, Apr 01 2008, 06:56:07pm

this will be a very interesting case to follow, whatever the outcome maybe. The defendant being a Prime Ministerial hopeful and the petitioner a very successful lawyer.

Let's just hope the people of Kandep do not get forgotten in the aftermath.

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