National Capital District

Andapanga Leads In MNE

Here are the recorded 10 candidates from this morning’s update:

1) Andapanga         11,890

2) John Kaupa        11,119

3) Peter Dominic      8,094

4) Labi Amaiu          7,160

5) Dickson Samai   6,799

6) Diane Unagi        6,786

7) Joe TinTin            6,432

8) Andrew Mald      5,491

9) Carl Okuk            5,171

10) Dr.S.Mosin        4,940


More updates to follow as there are seventeen boxes left to count.

Desperate Attempts Delay MNW Counting

Manukayasi said from the beginning, this election has been unique due to all the interferences with the electoral process caused by candidates, scrutineers, and even supporters.  He termed these elections as ‘unique.’

Manukayasi expresses that the delays in the completion of counting and quality checks has hindered what should have been a timely electoral process.

He says this is due to many people claiming from the start of the elections, that this would be a failed National General Election.

City Manager Condemns Violence

A dispute over the boxes among scrutineers escalated this afternoon into a full-scale fight onto the John Guise and Waigani Drive roads.

Mr Frank described the filmed fight that was circulated on social media as disturbing and inhuman.

He called for continued peace and order during the counting period. Mr Frank calls on all parties to resort to lawful means to address their grievances other than resorting to violence.

Hau’ofa holds on after count 9

The incumbent MP collected 215 votes after count 9 putting his progressive tally at 1808.

The only female in the top five, Michelle Hau’ofa in fourth after collecting 5 votes in count 9. Her progressive tally is at 120.

  1. Justin Tkatchenko – 1808 
  2. Charles Kassman – 717
  3. S. Kiirilyo – 200
  4. Michelle Hau’ofa – 120
  5. Peter H Ilau – 14

Count 10 is currently in progress.

POM NE takes to the polls

In a recent press conference, NCD Election Manager Kila Ralai stated that polling for the nation’s capital was delayed due to alleged interference from the candidates and scrutineers; and challenges faced by the NCD election team regarding the distribution of ballot papers to various wards and locations in NCD.

By 11 am today PNG Electoral Commission officials, escorted by Police transported ballot papers from the Sir John Guise Stadium to appointed polling locations in the MNE electorate.

Residents Disappointed With Polling

However, due to deferral of polling from, Friday 8th to Monday 11th, the community missed out not only a set date for polling but hours of their paid jobs as well.

This newsroom visited the polling venue at Skyview Estate and were greeted by disgruntled residents who were disappointed and annoyed with the announcement of yet another deferred day of polling.

Skyview Estate Chairman, Garima Tongia, spoke on behalf of the community in airing their disapproval of the manner in which elections are being delivered for 2022.

Stop Blame Game

TIPNG released a statement following the Electoral Commission’s announcement of postponing polling for NCD for a second time on Wednesday 6 July to Friday 8 July.

“It is the PNG Electoral Commission’s constitutional responsibility to deliver the National Elections and the PNGEC must be accountable for its actions, if the country is to avoid a declaration of failed elections, said Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) Board Chair, Peter Aitsi.

SSL awaits new approval

After the festive break the top 6 finals playoff was scheduled to resume last Saturday however games were disrupted upon a late notice of suspension of games from the Pandemic Controller, over threat of a 3rd wave of the COVID-19.

Southern Super League Competition Secretary Indy Verena said they have to abide by the latest direction despite the competition having fully complied with all Niupla Pasin protocols from day one.

Flaws in Electoral Roll: Report

The report stated that the 2017 elections did not improve on the 2012 elections. The 2017 observations made in all four regions and in National Capital District (NCD) with a mix of urban, rural, open and provincial electorates observed.

These include in 69 of 111 electorates with detailed study of 44 electorates (33 open and 11 provincial) and detailed observations at 945 of the 10,825 polling stations nationwide.

According to the report, “the 2017 elections witnessed a marked deterioration in the overarching election environment.

Parkop Appreciates Partnership

He expressed satisfaction of what partnerships can do at the signing of partners’ MoU during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Metoreia Health Centre on Wednesday 7th December, 2021, which will serve the Motu-Koitabu people.

They will now be able to have their own health centre, Metoreia Health Centre at the Hanuabada village in Port Moresby.

Governor Parkop said the National Capital District Commission, under his leadership cannot deliver services on our own. It needs partnerships.