Mayor invites political parties to visit province

Voters in Manus will be heading into the 2017 General Elections better informed to elect their leaders.

This was after the People’s Progress Party (PPP) Leader Ben Micah spoke in a public awareness at the Lorengau Market last week, which was packed with both the locals as well as the asylum seekers.

Lorengau town mayor Ruth Mandrakamo said she invited other parties to visit the province, like PPP, and do awareness.

Micah, who is also the Kavieng MP, said the maritime provinces of Manus and New Ireland face similar problems, especially in service delivery.

“Manus has more educated people in the rural areas than anywhere else and that knowledge can transform the province if utilised well,” the PPP leader told the residents.

The party will be endorsing two educationalists, Norman Sike for the Manus Regional seat, and Kelly Lomon for the open seat.

The Manus PPP branch will be headed by Albert Punchimil, a paramount chief of Nauna Island.

Micah was in the province to establish his Party’s presence there. The province has been dominated by Pangu and, in recent years, the People’s National Congress Party.

The last PPP connection in the province was former Manus provincial premier Barnanbas Kombil, in 1980.

Press release