JUSTIN TKATCHENKO OBTAINED CITIZENSHIP ILLEGALLY

 by JAMES PERAKIN

Isn't it ironic that since Somare's last reign, long-serving missionaries in PNG have found it so hard to get visas to stay in PNG permanently while any foreign con artist biz man waving money gets any visa they want or even a PNG passport? Which category is JT in?


PNG'S LAW ON CITIZENSHIP

Section 67.-CITIZENSHIP BY NATURALIZATION.

(1) A person who has resided continuously in the country for at least eight years may apply to the Minister responsible for citizenship matters to be naturalized as a citizen, and the Minister may, if he is satisfied as to the matters referred to in Subsection (2), in his deliberate judgement (but subject to Division 4 (Citizenship Advisory Committee)), grant or refuse the application.
Division 4. – Citizenship Advisory Committee.

75. THE COMMITTEE.


(1) An Act of the Parliament shall make provision for a Citizenship Advisory Committee, all of the members of which must be citizens (other than naturalized citizens).
(2) The Committee shall consist of–
(a) four permanent members, at least two of whom are members of the Parliament other than Ministers, and
(b) one ad hoc member to represent the community in which the person to whom a matter before the Committee relates resides.


76. FUNCTIONS OF THE COMMITTEE.
(1) Before taking any action under this Part in relation to a person, the Minister responsible for citizenship matters shall refer the matter to the Citizenship Advisory Committee and receive its advice.
(2) If the Minister refuses to accept the advice of the Committee on any matter referred to it under Subsection (1), he shall, if so requested by a person affected or by the Committee, give to the Parliament, as soon as practicable, a statement on the matter setting out the reasons for his refusal, and the Parliament may reverse his decision on such conditions as it thinks proper.
(3) The reversal by the Parliament of a decision to grant or to allow the regaining of citizenship, or to grant a certificate under Section 81 (certificate as to citizenship), takes effect, subject to any conditions to which it is made subject, as a deprivation of citizenship on the date of the reversal.
(4) The reversal by the Parliament of a decision to refuse to grant citizenship to a person, to deprive a person of citizenship or to refuse to grant a certificate under Section 81 (certificate as to citizenship) takes effect retrospectively to the date of the decision.
(5) The Committee has such powers and such other functions and duties as are conferred or imposed by or under an Act of the Parliament.

The constitution clearly states that the minister responsible shall refer citizenship applications to the Citizenship Advisory committee.
Considering the well publicized fact that the Citizenship Advisory committee did not sit or even exist between 1999 and 2009 and as such there was a ten year backlog of citizenship Applications that were not processed until 2009 when the Committee was re-established.

How was this particular foreigner granted citizenship by the minister in 2006 without vetting by the Citizenship Advisory committee? On what authority did the then minister grant citizenship to the applicant if there was no Citizenship Advisory committee? Is the foreigners Papua New Guinean citizenship actually valid?

This particular foreigner was granted citizenship in 2006 (unlawfully ?) and subsequently stood for election as a candidate with the party that was headed by the very minister that granted his citizenship. His election at that time was unsuccessful. However he stood for election again in 2012 with another party and is now a government minister.

Is this foreigner a legitimate PNG Citizen and if not is he not illegally occupying elected office? I am not making an allegation, Just asking a question

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