Sam Akoitai

Nakin Remembers Fellow Bougainvillean

The late Sam Akoitai passed on the morning of Friday, 17th 2021, doing something he truly loved, which was speaking to his people and resolving issues, which is a testament to his dedication to public service.

Mr Nakin said the late MP always led from the front like a true leader and died doing just that, something he loved even at the hardest times during the Bougainville Crisis.

Wong pays tribute to Akoitai

Wong described late Member as a true leader, and a man of peace, a friend to the people of Gazelle and East New Britain people, a dear colleague who will be remembered for his achievements.  

Wong said, late Sam Akoitai was instrumental in building bridges between the opposing sides in Bougainville. He said, late Akoitai demonstrated that, it takes a man of great courage, to extend the olive branch to the foes, and to strive for peace.

Court declares Akoitai

The National Court today declared Sam Akoitai duly elected member for Central Bougainville following the judicial recount.

Trial Judge Justice Lawrence Kangwia on Friday (April 13) afternoon declared Sam Akoitai duly elected, pursuant to section 212 of the Organic Law on National and Local level government.

He formally ratified election results from the recount, filed in court on March 20, as correct and valid.

Akoitai, who was the successful petitioner, won the recount by just four votes ahead of Fr Simon Dumarinu.

Court orders recount for Central B’ville seat

The Waigani National Court today ordered for the recount after it was satisfied the Electoral Commission, through the returning officer, failed to accord a request provided under the organic law which was raised by runner-up Sam Akoitai’s scrutineer prior to declaration.

Aggrieved with the results, Akoitai filed the petition, disputing Fr Simon Dumarinu’s election.

Justice Lawrence Kangwia heard evidence in the trial and gave his ruling today.