The vacancy in the position followed the shocked death of incumbent, and South Fly MP, Aide Ganasi during the 2016 November sitting of Parliament.
Maprik MP John Simon was elected with a majority vote of 64 – 13.
The National Alliance Party member was nominated by Fisheries Minister Mao Zeming, defeating Kainantu Open MP Johnson Tuke.
Tuke, was the Opposition Leader Don Polye’s nominee for the deputy speaker position.
Simon after the morning session, thanked the Peoples National Congress led Government for nominating him and having confidence in him.