6 Aug 2003

Violent clashes among supporters for PNG election petitioners

4:29 pm on 6 August 2003

In Papua New Guinea, supporters of two candidates in the Southern Highlands repeat elections have clashed outside the Waigani courthouse in Port Moresby.

The violence left once person seriously injured with a knife wound and several others were arrested.

The large crowd had gathered to observe four petitions that were to come up for a directional hearing.

Petitioner James Lagea, who is disputing David Basua's win in the Kagua/Erave seat, says the clash was between their two supporters.

Court Officials says they are aware of the incident but are waiting for a report from their chief of security before any action can be taken.