Simbu Governor calls for respect

Simbu Governor Michael Dua is calling on the people of Simbu, especially his supporters, to respect the court’s decision and allow the recount of ballot boxes.

In a media conference yesterday afternoon in Port Moresby, the Governor urged his supporters to let security personnel retrieve the container containing ballot boxes, and move them to Lae for the recount.

However, he warned that anyone caught trying to hijack the process will be dealt with accordingly.

“We have experienced numerous times that security personnel always contributed to such illegal activities.

“We cannot allow this to continue.”

Meantime, he remains confident he will retain his seat as Governor for Simbu.

“I was mandated by the people through proper process and not through illegal practices,” says Governor Dua.

He stressed that the decision to move the counting venue to Lae was not discussed by the leaders but a decision made solely by the Electoral Commission.

“We respect this decision and want transparency to prevail.”

The Waigani National Court upheld an election petition filed by former Simbu Governor Noah Kool against the win of Michael Dua in the 2017 national election and ordered for a recount.

Governor Dua won with a margin of over 11,000 votes in 2017, and remains governor pending the recount.

(Simbu Governor Michael Dua filepic)

Freddy Mou