National General Elections 2022

Duma: URP Remains Intact With PANGU

Re-elect member for Hagen and UR Party leader, William Duma made this statement this afternoon after welcoming newly elect Governor for Western Highlands, Wai Rapa at the APEC terminal in Port Moresby this afternoon.

The Governor traveled in from Hagen with newly elected member for Mul-Baiyer, Jacob Maki. 

Mr. Rapa is a UR Party endorsed candidate, while Mr Maki is a PANGU Pati candidate. 

Also present to welcome the delegation was the re-elect Governor for Gulf, Chris Haiveta and re-elect Member for Rigo, Sir Ano Pala. 

Sir Puka Temu Re-elected

Our Development Party member, Sir Puka won by a margin finishing off with 10,970 votes ahead of PANGU Pati candidate, Evele Kala.

Kala ran second with 6,859 votes, the decider was given after the 24th exclusion of Kilroy Koirobete Genia (ULP).

The absolute majority was 8,915 and exhausted ballot papers were 9,957 votes. 

Iduhu Pioneer MP For Hiri-Koiari

Iduhu won with 13,447 votes and coming in second was Steven John Manau with 9,742. The absolute majority was 11,595.

Returning Officer for Hiri-Koiari, Leo Ameua, acknowledged the tireless efforts of officers and the process of the elections held in the electorate as it was peaceful.

Iduhu with tears of joy spoke about how he will put his foot down to better the electorate, and to make sure Hiri-Koiari will come together and make a difference.

85 Seats Declared

Of the 85, New Guinea Islands completed all its 18 seats, while Southern region has six more seats to be declared from the 27 seats, Momase region has 21 from the total of 30 seats and the Highlands region has declared 25 seats from the total of 43 seats.

The Writs will be returned today at 4:06 pm to the Governor General.

Of the 85 seats, Pangu Pati is leading with 33 MPs.

Caretaker Prime Minister, James Marape in an earlier press conference is confident that PANGU Pati will be invited by Governor General to form the 11th Government next Tuesday.

Wenge is Morobe’s Governor-elect

He exceeded the absolute majority of 112,581 with 130,363 votes.

Following behind was United Labour Party’s Kemas Tomala, with 94,798 votes.

Speaking after his declaration, Wenge expressed his intention to occupy the Prime Minister seat.

He then thanked electoral and counting officials, scrutineers and rival candidates for their efforts in ensuring a successful conclusion to the 2022 National General Elections.

Former governor, Ginson Saonu, was eliminated in the 34th exclusion.

Wenge was Morobe’s governor from 1997-2007.

Eoe, Opa Declared For Gulf Seats

This morning, Thomas Opa was declared the new member-elect for Kerema Open. 
Both Eoe and Opa past the absolute majority in their respective seats to come home. 

Eoe retained his seat after going past the absolute majority of 8,980, he finished with 9,980 votes ahead of rival Lester Sauka who closed in with 7,773 votes.

Opa remained leader since Day 1 of counting and finished off comfortably, when he reached the absolute majority on Exclusion 7, with 16,212 to be declared Kerema’s new member elect. 

Their win adds numbers to PANGU Pati.

Election Observation

Party leader and member-elect for Ialibu-Pangia, Peter O’Neill, flanked by PNC party members, said the 2022 election is the most chaotic in PNG’s history.
O’Neil alleges that the caretaker government is interfering with the conduct of a smooth electoral process further calling on the Electoral Commissioner and security personnel to do their mandated job without interference “the business with conducting elections in the country rests alone with the Electoral Commission.

Appeal to supervise electoral process

The CBC made the following recommendations in a media statement released today.

  • Supervise properly the completion of the electoral process;
  • Direct the work and the intervention of the security forces;
  • Guarantee the safety of individuals, public institutions, and businesses.

Fr. Giogio Licini said the severe deterioration of events in the National Capital District in the next few hours or days will deprive any future credibility and trust to those currently holding responsibility for the welfare of the country and its citizens.

Chimbu ready to count

Provincial Police Commander (PPC) Superintendent David Warap said he was impressed with the provincial election team who had been sharing resources, information and have been coordinating well. They all look forward to counting.

Warap said all ballot boxes from the various districts/electorates were received on Wednesday 20 July. Bad weather conditions had prevented the helicopter from extracting of ballot boxes for Karamui and Gumini Local Level Governments (LLG).

Sir J Retains Seat

After Primary count of all 10 LLG’s, incumbent Governor and Senior Statesman Sir Julius Chan won through a convincing 31,717 Votes.
This was 54.66 percent of the total formal Votes of 58,024.

Indigenous party candidate, Moses Markis was the runner-up with 16, 592, while only female candidate, Rhodie Paut from Tandis village in the Sentral Niu Ailan received 2,115 votes. 

Governor Sir Julius Chan during his declaration ceremony thanked all New Irelanders for the mandate and for trusting his leadership to lead the province for another five years.