​Tkatchenko declared!

Justin Tkatchenko has officially been declared as Member for Moresby South.

Returning Officer Michael Are announced Tkatchenko as the returning Moresby South MP at 3.45pm today.

Flanked by incumbent NCD Governor Powes Parkop and Prime Minister Peter O'Neill, Tkatchenko signed the official writ for the seat confirming his victory.

It was a landslide win for Tkatchenko who, according to the final results, polled 19,983 votes, surpassing the absolute majority needed, which is 19,643.

In second place was Samson Kirilyo who polled 5,735 followed by Anna Skate, who polled 4,448 votes.

Tkatchenko said the overall response to his re-election was testament to the partnership that he has with the Government and Parkop in delivering services.

He said the win was a continuation of these service delivery.

"It’s time to get on with the job," said Tkatchenko.

The writ for Moresby South will be handed to Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato tomorrow.

Cedric Patjole