ESP gets new governor!

East Sepik Province will have a new provincial governor after 42 years of Papua New Guinea's independence.

National Alliance Party candidate, Allan Bird, flew over the absolute majority figure of 77,108 this morning, making him the province’s second governor since PNG gained independence from Australia in 1975.

Counting was suspended at 8:30am after the exclusion of third-placed candidate Gabriel Dusava.

The official declaration for the new governor will happen today.

The unofficial figure: Bird is sitting on 88,701 votes and Kenny Waiyu finishing second with 65,513.

Bird takes over the reins from Sir Michael Somare, who retired from politics after serving his people for 49 consecutive years.

Sir Michael is PNG's first prime minister and founding party leader of the National Alliance Party. 

Charles Yapumi