Wosera-Gawi petition dismissed

Justice George Manuhu dismissed the petition on Friday at the Wewak National Court.

Joseph Yopyyopy won the Wosera-Gawi seat with 10,822 votes while Francis Baindu, the first runner-up, collected 7,896 votes.

With a difference of 2,926 votes, Baindu filed the petition on seven counts of bribery.

Only two counts of bribery proceeded to the substantive trial which commenced early this week at the Wewak National Court.

Melanesian Alliance secures first seat

Party leader Joseph Yopyyopy will represent the 80,000-plus people of Wosera-Gawi in East Sepik Province as a second term MP in the 10th Parliament.

Returning officer Freddy Pinga officially declared the elected member at 4pm at the counting centre in Maprik District.

Pinga said Yopyyopy was declared with 10,822 votes; the absolute majority was 9,060.

Francis Bandu finished second with 7,896 votes.