Gamato apologises to late Kalpa’s families

Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato has conveyed apologies to the immediate family, relatives and friends of the late Peter Kalpa, who was the initial appointed and gazetted Returning Officer for Gumine.

He clarified in a statement today that the Returning Officer, who declared Nick Kuman as Member-elect for Gumine Open electorate in Simbu and signed the writ, was Fredy Yaun and not the late Peter Kalpa.

“It was in fact an error on the part of my officers who prepared my statement for the press conference in not confirming the correct name of the Returning Officer who declared Nick Kuman here in Port Moresby.

“I fully retract the statement mentioning the late Returning Officer and once again wholeheartedly apologise on behalf of PNGEC to the immediate family, relative and friends of the late Kalpa,” he said.

Kuman was declared on 31 July while Dekena was declared duly elected member for Gumine on 28 July.

Sally Pokiton