Finschhafen Open

Zurenuoc withdraws petition against Paita

Former Speaker of parliament and Finschhafen MP, Theodore Zurenuoc, withdrew the petition he filed against current MP, Rainbo Paita, today.

The petition also filed by runner-up in the Telefomin Open seat, Peter Iwei, against re-elected MP Solan Mirisin, was withdrawn.

These two petitions are among 77 filed in court.

Meanwhile, the legal representation of the Electoral Commission in some petitions filed, continues to disrupt the progress of the cases progressing to directions in prepration for trial.

A look at the Finschhafen Open final numbers

Morobe Provincial Election Manager Simon Soheke confirmed with Loop PNG that after exclusion 40, the sitting MP only managed to collect 8, 239 votes.

He said the absolute majority is 8, 801.

The Pangu Party candidate was declared at 5pm this afternoon by Returning Officer Eassing Ulam.

COUNTING: Finschhafen Open progressive results – after exclusion 35

Zurenuoc, who is the current MP, has his back against the wall as Paita collected more votes compared to him in the elimination counts yesterday.

There was a 51-vote difference between both candidates, before start of elimination 29 on Monday.