PNC man and sitting MP, Paul Isikiel was knocked out of the race after the 23rd elimination round, before midday today.
Five boxes were left to distribute this morning, as candidate George Gedisa was eliminated.
Kima Kilau followed suit, as his ballots were distributed.
Scrutineers waited and watched in anticipation as Pangu's Koni Iguan continued to collect more votes over the second and third candidates.
Eventually, sitting member Paul isikiel was eliminated and the race was on for a final declaration.