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.
Gamato allowed those areas to continue with counting and declarations while the 10th Parliament began last week, where Job Pomat was elected as Speaker and Peter O’Neill as Prime Minister.
Kauapa thanked Gamato for allowing them to continue and said he is relieved that it has all been completed.
Akunai said during the presentation that the general conduct of elections was peaceful in the province and commended all electoral officials for ensuring a successful election.
He appealed to Gamato that planning for elections needed to be carefully mapped out as EHP was one of the biggest provinces and accessibility was very hard.
Peter Numu, a former University of Papua New Guinea student representative council president, won the EHP seat.