Counting for MNW suspended

Counting for the Moresby North- West seat came to a halt today following a petition from twelve candidates.

The candidates handed the petition to the Returning officer Vincent Manukuyasi just before lunch.

Among the points raised, the candidates want live streaming of the counting and also allow the media to cover the event.

A criminal complaint of tempering, illegal voting, and fraud in the ward 1 area has also been submitted to RO Manukuyasi and has been submitted to NCD Metropolitan Superintendent Gideon Ikumu.

Candidate Des Yaninen said, “The candidates want full transparency of the counting process.”

The twelve candidates allege they have eyewitness accounts and videos including pictures of illegal voting within certain areas of ward 1.

Meanwhile, Mr. Manukuyasi said he has read through the petition and will address their grievances before 6 pm.

He is also communicating with the scrutineers to resume counting at 6 pm because he says the counting process is running out of time.

Counting results after the last count at 1 am stands at:

  1. Lohia Boe Samuel- 6,223 votes
  2. Joe Tonde- 2, 543 votes
  3. Thaddeus Kambanei - 1, 338 votes
  4. Anna Kavana Bais - 1, 066 votes
  5. Isaac Lupari - 902 votes
  6. Des Yaninen - 653 votes
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