THE PNG Trade Union Congress has called for the resignation of the Speaker and Clerk of Parliament over what was termed the embarrassment of Sir Paulias Matane’s re-election as Governor-General in June.
PNGTUC president Michael Malabag was responding to the Supreme Court ruling that declared the Governor-General's election null and void.
"Speaker Jeffery Nape and Clerk Don Pandan are responsible for this fiasco and it is high time they uphold and protect the integrity of Parliament, otherwise ship out," Mr Malabag said.
He said Parliament had become a circus over the years under the leadership of Sinasina-Yongamul MP Nape.
Mr Malabag said the people of PNG had lost faith in the legislative arm of government and “nobody in his right mind can deny that fact”.
"I am absolutely amazed that the former Attorney-General and Minister for Justice provided legal opinion on the election of the Governor-General which was misleading.
"The very people who came out publicly to support the actions of Parliament should bow their heads in shame and resign if they have any dignity left," he said.
Mr Malabag said it was embarrassing because Parliament had made a mockery of the position of the Queen’s representative.
"What an embarrassment to the Commonwealth when due process was not complied with," he said.
"Sir Paulias is a person beyond reproach, a statesman of the highest degree, and for Parliament to treat this election process with total contempt is a complete mockery to a person of his standing.
"If the government had the numbers, which was plainly obvious on the floor of parliament that day, why did they not simply comply with constitutional requirements?
"Sir Paulias has my undivided support and that of the trade union movement," Mr Malabag said, "and I sincerely hope that commonsense will prevail in the next sitting of Parliament as directed by the Supreme Court
Source: PNG Exposed Blog