Manus Province

COUNTING: Manus’ progressive results – after count 16

Incumbent Open member Ronny Knight has also climbed up to third spot after count 14 and remained there after count 16.  

As of this morning (July 13) , 16 of the 21 boxes were counted. Count 16 is ballot boxes from the Pomutu-Kurti-Andra LLG.


​COUNTING: Manus’ progressive result – after count 10

Manus Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said he has instructed his joint security force personnel to secure the Sahart counting centre.

Loop PNG was informed of certain candidates’ scrutineers alleging foul play during counting.

PPC Yapu confirmed that the chairman of the Provincial Election Steering Committee will be addressing those scrutineers and receive their petition.

Counting officials were on break at the time this report was published.

Final evaluation on desalination project completed

The pilot project paves way for similar projects to be implemented for other atoll islands affected by the effects of climate change.

This results in the rise of sea level which is affecting the drinking water source of rural communities.

The project was launched on May 10, 2016, in Manus Province and installed on five island villages, namely Bipi, Mbuke and Whal, Nauna, Mal and Aawa islands.

Four desalination plants were installed on the islands of Mbuke and Whal, and six on Bipi Island.

​PM visits Manus

Pomat is contesting the Manus Open seat while Benjamin is running to retain his seat as Manus governor.

The Prime Minister was received at Momote airport by Governor Benjamin, Manus Provincial Administrator Andrew Posong, PPC Manus Chief Inspector David Yapu and other senior officers of Manus Provincial Administration, Heads of National Government Agencies, Provincial Executive members and other Community Leaders.  

PPC Yapu said the joint Security Forces provided a full escort for PM O’Neill to the NBC beach at Lorengau town.

Polling venues for Manus Province

Manus is the only province with one district - Lorengau. It however has two seats; the open and regional seats.

Polling in the province will commence on Saturday 24 June and will be carried out for 21 days till 3 July.

Manus has 160 polling venues covering its 12 Local Level Governments and 131 wards.  


Manus MP furious over alleged assault of 10yo

He wants the accused perpetrator be made an example of.

The irate member is now demanding the removal of all those processed at the Manus centre before his people “rise up against them”.

“These are only the cases that are made public. There are many unreported.”

He says the refugee should be castrated.

“If it was my daughter, mi no nap ke lo kalabus!” (I will not care about going to jail.)

NID opens office in Manus

The governor thanked the Minister for National Planning Charles Abel for extending the service to the people of Manus as it is important for this small maritime province to have the necessary information for planning and budget allocation purposes.

Registrar General Dixion Kirag confirmed the Manus system was now operational and the connectivity to the main data centre in Port Moresby is now possible from Lorengau office.

The general public can now excess the service in Lorengau to get personal ID, marriage certificate and other legal documents

Proposed refugees' brothel concerns Manus PPC

Senior Inspector David Yapu said it will be illegal and also against Papua New Guinea’s Christian principles. The brothel will create more social problems and unwanted pregnancy, including the spread of HIV/AIDS, now prevalent on the Island.

“The brothel will become an issue affecting our traditional family morals and values with young girl and mothers servicing those asylum seekers for the sake of easy money,” says PPC Yapu.

Islanders arrested for murder

Herman Keyau, 20, and 28-year-old Alphonse Nakau, of Andra Island in the PNKA LLG, Lorengau, Manus, were arrested and charged with the murder of Hillary Joe Simbai on Jan 22.

Both men are expected to go before the Lorengau District Court on Tuesday this week.

Police allege the killing incident took place on Andra Island after a homebrew drinking spree ended up in a fight.

It is alleged they hit the deceased on the head with a piece of wood. He was admitted to the Lorengau General Hospital but succumbed to his injuries two days later.

Couple arrested over porn production

They are expected to appear at the Lorengau District Court on Tuesday to answer to their charges.

The 36-year-old woman from Pere village was arrested by police on Jan 26 while the man, also 36, from Jekal village, was arrested on Jan 27.

Both were charged for producing pornographic pictures and movies at the harbour side hotel.

They were later released on K500 bail each.

Police alleged that the couple, between the months of September and October 2016, booked a room at the hotel where they were involved in the production of pornography.