A Vote of No Confidence Motion against Prime Minister James Marape can only be moved after the 30th of November 2020.
Constitutional Lawyer and former Ombudsman Nemo Yalo said though this is the case, the scenario may change if the Supreme Court rules in favour of a Court challenge the Opposition Leader and Vanimo/Green River MP Belden Namah, has taken out challenging the election of Mr. Marape as Prime Minister on the 30th of May this year.
Mr. Yalo said that because Mr. Marape was sworn into office on the 30th of May 2019, he would have served his 18 months in office by the 30th of November 2020, and a motion can only be entertained after that if Parliament sits beyond that date.
He also said that if a motion of No Confidence is submitted to Parliament, it should have met all the requirements needed, which includes the name of the alternate Prime Minister, a mover and his seconder, as well as the required number of signatures needed, and it should only be submitted when Parliament is sitting.
Mr. Yalo also added that if a motion is submitted and accepted, a vote must be taken before the 5th Anniversary of the Return of Writs for the 2017 General Election, and that would be around July 2021.
This he said will only leave the new government with only 3 to 4 months in office, because the last 12 month period is always used by the government that is in power, to prepare for the next National Election, in this case, 2022.
Meantime, the case challenging the election of James Marape as Prime Minister will be heard next Monday the 26th of October 2020, and Mr.Marape can still put his hand up to contest the Prime Minister’s position if it becomes vacant again.
NBC News- Gregory Moses.