Author: Josu KIM

An intending candidate contesting the newly created Hiri-Koiari electorate in Central Province said that political leadership is key to change and has urged his people not to vote for money and materials but choose a leader who can perform and bring change to the community and country. Jack Totona from Lealea Village in the Hiri West LLG is endorsed by the Peoples National Congress Party said the struggle for survival has provoked him to stand for the election. He said said despite the electorate hosting the LNG Plant on their land, twelve years have gone as they watched billions of…

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Normalcy is slowly returning to the township of Wewak as authorities and community leaders continue to hold peace talks between the conflicting factions of the fight that saw Wewak town in East Sepik province in a standstill since Sunday last week. East Sepik Provincial Police Commander Superintendent Albert Beli said the situation remain tense however fighting has stopped. The fight between the settlers at Wewak Bay (Basis) and Mengar villagers last Sunday has resulted in seven lives lost and homes and properties completely destroyed with displaced families now forced to seek refuge. “It has been a tough week for all…

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21 candidates have been nominated to contest the West New Britain Regional seat following the closing of nominations last Thursday. West New Britain Provincial Returning Officer Emily Kelton said the 21 candidates consists of 20 males and 1 female candidate. “9 of them are endorsed by political parties while 12 are contesting as independent candidates,” she said. “The party endorsed candidates include sitting Governor Sasindran Muthuvel running under Pangu Party, former Police Commissioner Gari Baki under People’s National Congress Party, Mark Lebong under National Alliance, John Mondo under PNG Party, Daniel Kanau under United Labour Party, Willie Edo under Liberal Party,…

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33 candidates will contest for the Gazelle Open seat in East New Britain Province following the close of nominations last Thursday. Gazelle Open Returning Officer John Wartovo said the 33 includes 30 males and 3 females, adding the order of draw has also been done. “14 candidates are endorsed by political parties and 19 are running as independent,” Mr Wartovo said. Sitting MP Jelta Wong is running under United Resource Party while former MP Malakai Tabar is running under the National Alliance Party. Meanwhile he said campaign activities have kicked started in the electorate and so far no major incidence…

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National Capital District Metropolitan Superintendent Gideon Ikumu has called on intending candidates contesting the NCD Open electorates and the NCD Regional seat to show exemplary behaviour during their campaigning for the 2022 National General Elections during this time. He made the call to them during the order of draw after the closing of nominations late last week. “I expect you all as leaders and show maturity and be the model to others right throughout the country,” Mr Ikumu said. “I do not expect the kind of behaviour seen in various parts of the country to be happening here in the…

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The people of Takis ward in the Gazelle District of East New Britain will now have access to health care services following the opening of a new aidpost today. The new Takis Aid Post in the Lassul Baining LLG is expected to serve almost 2, 000 people in the area as well as communities in Panarapka, KKCL employees and the plantation workers with their families. The new level two aid post was built at a cost of K70, 000 under the Gazelle Development Authority budget and was officially opened by Gazelle MP and Health Minister Jelta Wong and the Gazelle…

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An intending candidate for the Eastern Highlands Regional seat passed away on Wednesday night after he nominated to contest the seat earlier on during the day. Eastern Highlands Regional Returning Officer Livingstone Mangero said the late Moses Namagileso Tenkilo from Bena nominated as an independent candidate and was one of the top eight candidates during the 2017 National General Elections. Mr Mangero said his death reduced the total number of candidates who nominated from 64 to 63 for the Regional seat. “The final figures we have now consists of 61 males candidates and 2 female candidates, among them is the…

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The Acting Governor General Sir Gibbs Salika has extended the nomination period for the Hagen Open electorate from May 26, 2022 to May 29, 2022 at 4pm. The decision was made yesterday afternoon due to the controversies on the validity of the correct Returning Officer and the court proceedings that have caused confusion to the intending candidates. Electoral Commissioner Simon Sinai said the extension will give the opportunity for all intending candidates who haven’t nominated for Hagen Open to make their nominations. Nominations will be made before the duly appointed Returning Officer Willie Ropa after the Supreme Court decision yesterday.…

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Ban on the selling and consumption of alcohol in Central Province is well underway at this time and the Provincial Liquor Officials as well as the security personnel are closely monitoring the ban. Central Province Administrator and Chief Liquor Commissioner Francis Koaba said the prime purpose of this liquor sales and consumption restriction is to ensure a peaceful and trouble-free National General Elections in the Central Province villages. The ban commenced on the date of the Issue of Writs on May 12, 2022 and will be lifted on the date of the Return of Writs on July 31, 2022. Central…

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Over 2000 intending candidates have been nominated to contest in the 2022 National General Elections as nominations closed at 4pm this afternoon. In a preliminary report by the Electoral Commission yesterday, the total number of candidates right throughout the country stands at 2351 with 2246 males and 86 females in the 22 provinces and the National Capital District. Electoral Commissioner Simon Sinai said the final confirmed numbers will be issued tomorrow. Madang Province has seen the highest number of candidates so far with 257 and Manus with the least at 35. Enga, Hela, Jiwaka and Western Highlands provinces have seen…

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