Nomination of candidates slow in capital

Nominations are slowly coming in for intending candidates who will be contesting the Moresby North West seat, which is currently occupied by Michael Malabag.

As of 4pm today, four candidates' nominations were accepted by the NCD's Election Manager and Returning Officer Terrence Hetinu,  who said nominations have been slow.

The first to nominate yesterday for North West was Micros Nea, an independent candidate at 4:47pm.

Today, former Chairman of Motu Koitabu Council Miria Ikupu nominated at 1:40pm. He will be running as an Independent candidate.

Other candidates who nominated today include Eddie Aila, who is running under the Melanesian Alliance banner. He opened nominations at 10am while the fourth candidate to nominate today was Elvis Leslie at 3:30pm.

Hetinu said nominations have just started and have been slow however they are expecting a rush come the last three days of nominations. Nomination of intending candidates close next week Thursday.

The Returning Officer said 44 intending candidates filled the Form 29 for Moresby North-West .

Amongst those 44 is Lawyer Philip Ame who will be nominating next Tuesday.

Former Prime Minister and senior statesman Sir Mekere Morauta and Business woman Janet Sape are also among those listed on the 44 intending candidates who filed the form 29.

In the Moresby South electorate, sitting MP Justin Tkatchenko was the only one who nominated yesterday.

Hetinu said he is yet to get an update to those who nominated today.

So far 17 intending candidates filed the Form 29 to contest the Moresby South seat.

He said these are just those who filled the bio forms and they are expecting the numbers to increase now that the Nomination fees remain at K1000.



Sally Pokiton