Ialibu families connected to power

Electricity connection in these districts ushers in endless economic opportunities and other improved services.

Electricity coverage in the country is as little as 20 percent with more efforts required from the government, PNG Power and other relevant agencies to increase it to at least 70 percent to achieve the government’s vision 2030. 

“Yumi opim ofis blong Ialibu long traim long provaidim sevis blong PNG Power long eastern end blong kantri,” stated Peter Nupiri, Board Chairman of PPL

Liria calls for peace

Stanley Liria, who filed a reference in the Supreme Court, on the legality of polling conducted on Sunday in the electorate, in Southern Highlands Province, will no longer be pursuing it in court.

This reference which was filed on July 10, questioning the legality of polling that was conducted on Sunday, July 2, after it was deferred from Friday, June 30, has been withdrawn.  

In the reference, the high court was asked to interpret section 130 of the Organic Law on National and Local Level Government elections.

O’Neill congratulates all members-elect

In a statement this afternoon, O’Neill thanked the business community and people around the Nation for their patience during the election, and said he anticipates a post-election increase in economic activity after Parliament resumes.

“I congratulate all Members-elect on their declarations,” the he said.

“Regardless of whether you join us in Government, or sit on the opposition benches, you have already made a great achievement.  Your provinces and districts have elected you to represent them in the Tenth Parliament of Papua New Guinea.

Gamato receives writs for Ialibu-Pangia and Koroba-Kopiago

Gamato confirmed that, these brings a total of four writs returned so far following declarations in the during this election.   

A total of 10 Open Seats throughout the country has already been declared so far, whilst other election writs now with the Electoral Commissioner are from Tari – Pori and Moresby South electorates.

Gamato after receiving the writs congratulated Ialibu – Pangia fourth team MP, Peter O’Neill and returning Koroba – Kopiago declared winner, Petrus Thomas.

“Election is a big race, you both are winners.

O’Neill declared!

This is O'Neill's fourth term to be elected as the MP for Ialibu-Pangia.

After count 115, O'Neill collected 48,714 votes.

Officially declaring him at around 12.30pm was Ialibu-Pangia Returning Officer Michael Ariando, in the presence of counting officials, scrutineers and supporters.

O'Neill has gone past the 50% +1 absolute majority, with a surplus of more than 17,000 votes.

More updates to come...

(During O’Neill’s declaration today in Mendi, SHP)


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​O’Neill’s declaration deferred

This is to allow for the remaining ballot boxes to be counted before the declaration.

After count 96 at around 2pm today, O’Neill is leading with 42,717, followed by an independent candidate Stanley Liria on 7,035 and Justus Rapula on 1,244.

Ialibu-Pangia Assistant Returning Officer, Samson Pulu, said counting for Ialibu-Pangia will be completed this afternoon while the declaration will be done tomorrow.

O’Neill to be declared today

Southern Highlands Provincial Election Manager Philip Wakias confirmed it this morning.

Wakias told Loop PNG there will be no quality checks done as O'Neill's numbers have gone over the absolute majority.

He added that they will finish the remaining 29 ballot boxes today for Ialibu-Pangia before making a declaration.

Ialibu-Pangia has 117 ballot boxes.

Wakias said counting is progressing well despite minor hiccups with funding.

Loop PNG is on the ground in Mendi to witness the declaration of the Prime Minister.

​Is polling on Sunday constitutional?

Lawyer and a candidate contesting the Ialibu-Pangia seat, Stanley Kuli Liria, filed an urgent application in the Supreme Court, seeking its interpretation on whether polling on Sunday was constitutional.

The matter briefly came for mention at 5pm on Tuesday and was adjourned to Monday, July 17.

The high court has been asked to interpret section 130 of the Organic Law on National and Local Level Government elections.

Ialibu-Pangia polling deferred again

Returning Officer Michael Ariando told Loop PNG that time is against them and will see how it goes in the afternoon.

However, security personnel manning the ballot boxes at Ialibu station will not allow polling to proceed for safety reasons.

Ariando said quality checks of the ballot papers took up their time.

As of 2pm today, the polling officials are still doing checks on the ballot papers.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Peter O'Neill is still at his village, Kauwo Walea, to cast his vote.

More update on TVWAN News tonight.

​Ialibu-Pangia set to poll today

Prime Minister Peter O'Neill is in the district to cast his vote.

The polling was scheduled for Friday but was deferred because of late ballot boxes.

It is also understood that candidates have also presented a petition to the Returning Officer and Election Manager on Friday to defer the polls.

More update to come....