Accompanying him this afternoon from Port Moresby are Wapenamanda MP Rimbink Pato, NCD Governor Powes Parkop and newly elected MP for Moresby North-east John Kaupa.
The arrival of these four members now bring the total to 50 MPs currently in the Alotau camp.
Meantime, the incumbent Prime Minister and Ilaibu Pangia member re-elect, Peter O’Neill will be arriving with other MPs this evening as well.
Loop PNG will be bringing you all the updates straight from Alotau.
Parkop was officially declared by NCD Election Manager Alwyn Jimmy at Rita Flynn at 11am today.
He was escorted to be declared by Member elect for Moresby-South Justin Tkatchenko.
Parkop signed the Writ witnessed by supporters, counting officials, electoral officials, security personnel and the media.
Meantime, Parkop thanked the people of NCD for having the trust and confidence in him and giving him the mandate to lead a third term in Parliament.
Parkop assured the people that he will continue to do his best to make the city even better.
Parkop reached the absolute majority of 54 864 by just 6 votes polling a total of 54 870 votes after exclusion 35.
Andy Bawa polled 28 025 and Michael Kandiu collected 26 873.
Parkop will be officially declared by NCD Election manager Alwyn Jimmy at Rita Flynn.
His supporters are packed outside the Rita Flynn venue to celebrate his victory.
More to come.
Executive Officer to the incumbent Governor for NCD, Emmanuel Bobola, was informed by Deputy Electoral Commissioner, John Kalamoroh, today they will speak to the respective election managers.
Speaking on behalf of Parkop, Bobola said the whole counting process has been hijacked by rogue scrutineers who are frustrating the process of elimination.
Cedric Patjole with more
The following is a progressive ladder of the results;
The count currently stands at 64.
Progressive results as of 9am has seen some changes in the top 5 running candidates.
Powes Parkop is still in the lead with 6,686 votes, Andy Bawa with 3,229 votes and Michael Kandiu with 3,081 votes.
Robert Agen and Jamie Maxton Graham have both dropped out of the top 5 category.
He said this today during a gathering of supporters at the Jack Pidik Park at Five-Mile today.
Following two deferrals of counting for the NCD Regional and three Open seats, Parkop gathered his supporters in public to air his frustrations.
He said a simple process for counting has taken them five years to prepare for. Many other excuses were lame and stupid, and an insult to their intelligence.
A planned peaceful march by Parkop’s supporters to the Electoral Commission has been put aside.
In 2012, polling was deferred to a day after the scheduled date for this electorate.
This year, polling has been deferred once more. However, this time, affecting all electorates of NCD.
Current NCD Governor Powes Parkop recalls the 2012 elections.
“And in terms of the counting, I was the last to be declared. When Peter O’Neil was elected as the Prime Minister, I was not yet a Member of Parliament. It’s like a bad dream coming back,” he says.
On Tuesday the Electoral Commissioner declared Friday June 30 as the rescheduled date for NCD polling.
One of such is the need to bring in a neutral person, like a foreigner or most possibly, the United Nations, to run the elections.
This suggestion was made by the sitting Governor Powes Parkop, who described rumours of unethical conduct by certified officials as disgusting.
“Nationals don’t seem to have the ability to deliver smooth, fair and peaceful elections. It’s about time we swallow our pride and allow the EC to be led by a neutral person – a foreigner,” he said.
Governor Parkop pointed to election practice in other countries such as Solomon Islands and Fiji.