14 Jan 2009

Bribery allegations after PNG vote recount

4:01 pm on 14 January 2009

Reports from Papua New Guinea say counting officials allegedly received bribes in the recent Western Highlands regional seat recount.

The recount showed that the Western Highlands governor, Ton Olga, had won the seat against a former prime minister, Paias Wingti, by more than 1,000 votes.

The Post Courier newspaper says the National Court has yet to make a declaration but has been told that two counting officials had received bribes from the returning officer to manipulate the figures to Mr Wingti's advantage.

Mr Wingti's lawyer has now reportedly said the witness was making up the allegations.