PNG Opposition says parliament must follow rules for vote

2:58 pm on 15 July 2016
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 Opposition in Papua New Guinea is threatening legal action if the Speaker of Parliament and the Clerk of the House force a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister today.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court ordered that Parliament must reconvene to hold the vote.

The Opposition plan to table the motion that will instigate the vote when Parliament resumes today at two o'clock, local time.

It says there are rumours that the Clerk wants the vote to be taken today, but it says under Parliamentary standing orders, the vote can only go ahead seven days after it's been moved.

It says the Supreme Court's ruling enforced a section of the constitution, which also stipulates a seven day delay.

The Opposition says it will pursue punitive and contempt proceedings against the Speaker or the Clerk if they allow the vote to go ahead today.

It says after the motion has been tabled the correct proceedure will be for Parliament to be adjourned until Friday the 22nd of July when the no confidence vote should be taken.

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