6 Mar 2003

PNG Cabinet Minister ousted by court of disputed returns ruling

5:49 pm on 6 March 2003

A senior Papua New Guinea cabinet minister, Dr Puka Temu, has been ousted from parliament after the court of disputed returns ruled his election was invalid.

Dr Temu's election was challenged by losing candidate and former Cabinet Minister Kilroy Genia.

He said Dr Temu had aimed to induce voters when he presented an ambulance to a health centre in the Abau electorate before the election last year.

The court also heard that Dr Temu had given five hundred kina, about 120 US dollars, to the wife of a pastor during election time.

Mr Genia says while Dr Temu had demonstrated his ability as a leader since entering politics, he was satisfied with the outcome.

Meanwhile Dr Temu says he will be seeking a judicial review.