PNG no confidence challenge put off

1:16 pm on 30 March 2016

The acting speaker of Papua New Guinea's parliament has delayed a decision on whether to allow a vote of no confidence in the prime minister, Peter O'Neill, to proceed.

In a letter to the opposition leader, Don Polye, Aide Gansi said he has to check whether the members named in the opposition's motion had signed a letter requesting the vote.

Mr Ganasi says due diligence checks need to be performed to ensure the signatures are genuine and were properly obtained.

A view of the government benches in Papua New Guinea's parliament.

A view of the government benches in Papua New Guinea's parliament. Photo: RNZ / Johnny Blades

The move is likely to delay any vote until the next sitting of parliament.

Mr Polye says the move was a desperate attempt by Mr O'Neill to sabotage the motion.

Another of Mr Polye's attempts to file a motion was rejected last year because it was not properly written out.