A NATIONAL Court has deferred the decision regarding the dispute over the position of Hela governor between Anderson Agiru and Komo-Margarima MP Francis Potape.
Justice Ere Kariko instructed the court registry yesterday to defer the decision, which was supposed to be handed down yesterday, because of the death of Agiru last Thursday.
Kariko’s associate Alesana Babona told The National that the decision was postponed because of the death.
Agiru’s lawyer Goiye Gileng, from Posman Kua Aisi Lawyers, said that the court was expected to hand down the decision after the mourning period. He said there was no specific date set.
Lawyers representing Agiru and Potape and the eight members of the provincial assembly had made their submissions on March 31.
Meanwhile, Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato said a date for a possible by-election for the Hela Governor’s seat would be considered after a month in respect of Agiru.
He said yesterday that as a mark of respect for Agiru, who became governor of the new Hela province in 2012, a one-month period would be allowed.
“I would like to wait until the mourning is formally ended before I make a statement,” Gamato said.