Melanesian Alliance secures first seat

The Melanesian Alliance Party has finally won its first seat in the 2017 National Elections.

Party leader Joseph Yopyyopy will represent the 80,000-plus people of Wosera-Gawi in East Sepik Province as a second term MP in the 10th Parliament.

Returning officer Freddy Pinga officially declared the elected member at 4pm at the counting centre in Maprik District.

Pinga said Yopyyopy was declared with 10,822 votes; the absolute majority was 9,060.

Francis Bandu finished second with 7,896 votes.  

Charles Yapumi