Manus counting underway

Counting for the Regional and Open seats in Manus commenced today (Sunday).

The counting was deferred to today due to heavy rain in the province.

The counting venue, Sahat hall in Lorengau, has been used for counting for over 40 years now and seen very little to no renovation at all.

Manus Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said counting had to be deferred due to its leaking roofs, which pose a possibility of ballot boxes getting wet.

He said heavy rain since Saturday morning also caused flooding into the counting venue.

Meanwhile, training for counting officials took place on Friday after the hall underwent minor works.

A standby generator set has also been brought to the hall in case of power interruptions.

(Picture credit: Bab Korup’s Facebook account)

Sally Pokiton