Sir Julius nominates for the 11th time

Former Prime Minister and one of the co-founding fathers of this nation and New Ireland Governor Sir Julius Chan was the first to nominate in Kavieng last Thursday.

Sir Julius nominated to contest the national elections for the eleventh time.

This makes Sir J one of only two longest serving members of parliament marking more than 40 plus years in politics to date.

Sir J first entered politics in 1968 in the second House of Assembly.

The 2017 national elections would be the third time nomination for the New Ireland Provincial Seat for Sir J who first contested this seat in 2007 and won.

Every other win has been the seat for Namatanai Open until 2002 when current member and eldest son; Byron Chan contested and won the seat.

 Sir Julius who planned on a low key nomination was accompanied by hundreds people who spontaneously travelled from all over New Ireland to honour the Governor carrying him on a traditional Kabai chair to nominate at the provincial conference room.

He was humbled by the outpouring of support that included traditional dancers, singsing groups, chief’s custom, supporters, friends and families.

He said, it was his government’s vision to transform New Ireland into a self-reliant, autonomous part of PNG, efficient, market oriented and internationally competitive.

 Sir J said, for New Ireland to have a greater participation and share of the wealth from their resources, autonomy for the province was the way forward.

“My government is for the people. Our vision is for you to have a greater share of your resources and wealth.

We can do it. We can rise up. We can all thrive together”, Sir J said.

Freddy Mou