PORT MORESBY - Papua New Guineas governor-general has washed his hands of both sides of the nations political dispute, with his office saying he will not sign any documents until a government is formed after the election.
A senior member of the office of governor-general Sir Michael Ogio says the head of state has refused to sign any documents presented by parliamentary elected prime minister Peter ONeill or from his court-appointed rival for the top job, Sir Michael Somare.
The spokesman says the governor-general has also refused to sign an instrument recalling parliament for a special sitting last week in which the government voted for a state of emergency in three provinces including the capital, Port Moresby.
No documents have been received by the governor-general and that includes the state of emergency (declared by parliament on Friday), the spokesman, who declined to be named, told AAP on Sunday.
He received that document but he did not sign it, the spokesman said, answering negative when asked the question two more times.