2017 National Elections

​Candidates warned against disrupting SHP counting

The Electoral Commissioner’s delegate and deputy commissioner corporate services, John Kalamoroh, has warned that candidates and supporters risk being held for contempt of court.

“The Supreme Court has ordered the count of the 84 disputed ballot boxes locked at the Mendi police station.

“The people of SHP have expressed their choices and the electoral process must respect that. We cannot deprive the electors their right to vote for a candidate of their choice.

“We must count the 84 boxes.

​NA MPs welcome petitions

The petitions will now see these members bring the matter to the court of disputed returns.

The leaders include Member for Aitape and National Alliance Party leader Patrick Pruaitch, Member for Maprik John Simon and sitting Member for Nuku, John Sungi.

They were recently served these petitions while Angoram MP, Salio Waipo, was also served his through a media advertisement.

NA party leader and member for Aitape, Pruaitch, noted that the petitions were part of the normal process after elections.

Pruaitch’s declaration to be challenged

Candidate and runner-up of the Open seat, Emmanuel Solwai Mambei, has lodged the election petition at the National Court, saying he has immense support from people in the district, including candidates who contested the Aitape-Lumi Open seat in the recent 2017 national elections.

Mambei says bribery is among the number of allegations leveled against the leader of the National Alliance Party, and now Leader of the Opposition.

​Former RO speaks on Tonde incident

Former returning officer (RO) Moka Havara revealed to Loop PNG that he declared the 2017 national elections Moresby North-West candidate, Tonde, out of frustration.

​On Thursday, July 27, Havara illegally declared Tonde as member-elect at a hotel in Port Moresby, hours after Sir Mekere Morauta’s declaration.

Havara could not be located that morning to declare Sir Mekere after he surpassed the absolute majority.

Elections review: Highlands Region

Journalist Freddy Mou witnessed firsthand the volatile situation of elections in the Highlands.

This is his summary of elections in the Highlands.

The campaign period in the Highlands region is always a time to showcase the sort of leaders a tribe has.

This is when pigs, cows and other livestock are slaughtered, with celebrations after celebrations held at various campaign venues by candidates to try and lure voters.

SHP counting cannot be failed: Gamato

“Section 81(3) of the Organic Law on National and Local-level Government Elections gives the power to the Electoral Commissioner to make or allow extension.”

Gamato was responding to calls on him to declare the Southern Highlands Provincial Seat elections as “failed” and for supplementary elections to be held since counting hasn’t been completed after the first sitting of the new Parliament three weeks ago.

He explained that counting for the Southern Highlands Provincial Seat was recently ordered by Court to be conducted in Mt. Hagen.

VIDEO: Late Sir Andrew Trawen's view on the 2017 Elections

Until his last few days, he still couldn't believe the sheer amount of issues that had occurred in this election. 
The late Sir Andrew Trawen's view on the 2017 National Elections was briefly expressed by close friend and senior Journalist, Joseph Ealedona at his funeral service on Monday.   

 

Charmaine Poriambep with more

 

EHP regional writ presented

Dressed in bright green attires, election officials as well as the Acting Provincial Administrator, Samson Akunai and Provincial Returning Officer Ikiso Kosanama, accompanied EHP Election Manager, Steven Kaupa, as he presented the writ to Gamato.

The Return of Writs was conducted on July 28th, a week after the original designated date, due to some areas not completing counting in time.

Kundiawa-Gembogl declared

After exclusion 37 today, William Gogl Onglo secured 15,499 votes, surpassing the absolute majority of 14,150.

The runner-up was Wagi Merimba with 12,798 votes.

William Gogl Onglo was officially declared by the Returning Officer at 2:45pm this afternoon.

 

It’s D-Day!

The People's National Congress coalition have taken their seats on the Government side of the house while the National Alliance and PANGU Party coalition on the Opposition side.

Parliament is waiting for the arrival of Chief Justice Sir Saloma Injia to chair the first sitting of the new term of Parliament.

More to come.