PNC party heavyweights lose seats

It is confirmed! People’s National Congress Party has relinquished two Open seats to surging PANGU Party in Morobe Province.

Morobe Election Manager Simon Soheke confirmed to Loop PNG a few minutes ago that PNC Party candidates, Mao Zeming (Tewae-Siassi MP) and Theo Zurenuoc (Finschhafen MP) have respectively lost to Dr Kobie Bomareo and Rainbo Paita.

PANGU have now claimed four Open seats in the province, where party leader Sam Basil is also a local MP.  

The defeat will send shockwaves through the PNC camp because Zeming is the deputy party leader and Fisheries Minister in the completed term of Parliament.

And Zurenuoc served his five years as the National Parliament Speaker.

Soheke was unable to give the winning result of both seats.

Loop PNG was unable to reach both Open Seats’ Returning Officers when this story was published.

More to come. 

(File picture of the final sitting of Parliament before the 2017 National Election)

Charles Yapumi