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Two members elect and independent candidates from Koroba-Kopiago and Komo-Magarima have announced their intention to join PNC Party.

Mr Petrus Thomas said during press conference that his decision was based on development and political stability.

“We strongly believe in a stable government that is able to deliver on development,” he said.

He also said the performance of PNC candidates across the country indicated that PNC would form government after elections this year.

New member elect for Komo-Magarima, Mr Manaseh Makiba also announced said aligning himself with PNC was about development in his electorate.

“Take note that PNC Party’s strong commitment to development policies especially the 4.27% equity share in the LNG project,” he said.

Mr Makiba stressed the importance of political stability PNC displayed over the past 5 years.

He said PNC policies were very practical and indicated a keen interest from other candidates in Hela Province also planning to join the party after winning their elections.

O’Neill Declared on Absolute Majority 

—— Breaking News ——

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has beeen declared the winner for Ialibu-Pangia today on Absolute Majority votes.

After the last ballot box of 114 counted, Peter O’Neill polled 48,714 on first place and his nearest rival Stanley Liria polled 8,429.

Peter O’Neill as the leader for People’s Natuonal Congress Party joins James Marape and Justine Tkatchenko as 3rd declare MP for PNC.

Below are pictures of Peter O’Neill at Momei Oval.

Peter O’Neill comes into the Momei Oval Counting Center at Murumbu to be declared for the Ialibu -Pangia Open Seat for a 4th consecutive term. He has passed the 50% + 1 absolute majority threshold during the primary counts.
After Final count 114 the last box,

Peter O’Neill


Stanley liria


L Pangapea


Sam kari


Justin Rapula


PNG National General Election NOT Rigged 

********** Press Statement by Simon Bole, General Secretary of PAP ************
There are people in PNG and abroad who say things to undermind capabilities of PNG people and how we can manage our affairs. 

Many of such people in Australia say PNG will be a fallen state. PNG has never failed and we will never fall.
Many of such critics say PNG will fail election 2017. They further say Hela will fail election because it’s a hot spot. Hela election steering committee and Hela people has proved critics wrong by delivering a successful election 2017.
In Hela I don’t see any indication of election rigging by any single Political Party as others claim.
In Hela I also don’t see signs of PNC control or rigging election in Hela.
The results of current counting tallies will prove my statement.
In Komo Magarima open electorate, PAP party leader Tukuyawini Peter Philip is taking a lead with 13,638 plus votes while second runner up is Independent candidate Manessah Makipa with 7,991 votes. The PNC candidate is trailing in 5th place with 4,655 votes. 

PNC candidate is short of about 9,000 votes to beat the PAP leader therefore I don’t see any indication of election rigging by PNC here.
The PNC candidate for Koroba Lake Kopiago is also trailing in 11th place with only 2,270 votes in the ladder as first count winded down and awaiting eliminations.
See results below:
A. Koroba Lake Kopiago Open Seats Updates after count 81/81.

1. Bobby Yupi 6,525 Ind

2. Petrus Thomas 6,333 PPP

3. Waa Akope 5,246 ind

4. Mathias M Putaya 5,061 ind

5. Gabriel Tika 4,376 ind

6. Andrew Andapi 3,719 ind

7. John Kekeno 3,639 PNGP

8. Howard Lole 2,895

9. Allan Tolo 2,729

10. Pais Paro 3,190 ind

11. Isaack Matiabe 2,470…PNC

See also results for Regional and Komo Magarima below.
Updates from Hela for Hela Regional and Komo Magarima open.
B. Progressive Tally for Hela Regional seat after count no.146:

1. Philip Undialu – 29,548 

2. Dr HEWALI – 20,157 

3. Francis Potabe -16,946 

4. Andy Kenamu -14,802 

5. Lari Andagali – 13,556

80 boxesremaining for counting. 

Koroba Kopiago and Komo Margarima open completed quality check and ready for elimination process tomorrow.

Of the 258 boxes, 28 boxes destroyed, 123 counted and left with 107 boxes to go…
C. Komo Magarima open after final count 78

1. PAP party leader Tukuyawini Peter Philip 13,638 votes

2. Manesa Makipa 7,991 votes independent candidate

3. Paul Pale 5,697 ind

4. Tumbi Yari 4,765 ind

5. Edward Alina 4,655 PNC candidate

6.Tony Tanda 3,785

7. Kuruku Ipara 3,656

8. Kevin Tos 3,130

9. Allan Kaiape 3,102..

Quality checks completed for Komo Magarima and Koroba Kopiago yesterday. Today elimination will commence.

Updates for some other electorates in PNG.
D. Update for count in Maprik ESP.

Counting of Box 1 for Maprik Open seat for Albiges Mambep LLG progressive results;

1. Gabriel Kapris 1,403 PNGNP

2. David Anis 266

3. Albert Selbhia 134

4. John Simon 128

5. Pita Lus 44

E. NDC Moresby North West Count 52 Progressive result. PNC candidate and Health Minister is trailing somewhere really bellow the ladder.
1. Lohia Boe Samuel (IND) – 4452

2. Mekere Morauta (IND) – 4052

3. Joseph Tonde (PONP) – 2216

4. Miria Ikupu (IND) – 1858

5. Russel Wavik (PPP) – 1561
Count 53 in progress.

F. In Port Moresby:

NCD Regional seat – Powes Parkop SDP leads on 9,000 votes after count 91.

G. Moresby South seat – PNC candidate Justin Techenko leads on 19,000 votes after count 96
SHP Counting Update quote from PNG Garamut News

1: Peter O’Neill- 13,510 votes PNC leader and PM

2: Stanley Liria- 2,444 votes

3: Sam Kari – 368 votes

4: Leonard Pagepea – 363 votes

5: Justin Rapula- 125 votes

6: Nepolin Rema- 53 votes…

In Chimbu as per Kundu 1 news this morning.
I. THE party candidate now opposition party candidate is taking a lead in Karimui Nomane open.

J. In Sinasina Yogogmul open opposition party member and leader for PNGNP Kerenga Kua is leading with 5000 plus votes.

With such results with various political parties and independents candidates taking leads in many electorate where PNC candidates are trailing lower in ladder there is no indication of a single party rigging election.

As citizens of this country let’s allow completion of election process and if we are not satisfied with results we go to the Courts for election petition.
With this good luck in election 2017.

Justine Tkatchenko to be declared on Absolute Majority!

Justine Tkatchenko to be declared on Absolute Majority
The voters have Moresby South have decided to return their sitting MP Justine Tkatchenko back to Parliament.
As of 4:30am this morning, the last box 96 in Moresby South has been counted.
After the final Count 96, Justine Tkatchenko polled 19,926.
The Absolute Majority to Win on the First Count is 18,734.
Final checks are now underway and Justine Tkatchenko will be the first MP to have won on Absolute Majority for 2017 National Election.
Justine Tkatchenko is a PNC candidate and brings their numbers to be 2 declared MP so far

James Marape declared MP for Tari-Pori

James Marape is the 1st candidate to be declared as member for Tari-Pori electorate last night about 10:30pm

Having polled 28, 727 in the 1st count and about 1,800 short of the absolutely majority on Friday, the eliminations went ahead on 2nd count yesterday. He now polled 29,260 after elimination 13.

Final checks were done and he was Official Declared Member for Tari-Pori in the 2017 National Elections.

Counting for NCD starts..


Counting for the National Capital District four seats will start today after a five-day delay.

Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato said last night that counting for Moresby South, Moresby Northwest and National Capital

District Regional will start this morning. Counting for the Moresby Northeast will start after lunch following issues over allowances for counting officials, Mr Gamato said.

NCD election manager, Alwyn Jimmy, confirmed earlier that counting for Moresby Northwest and NCD Regional will take place at Rita Flynn Netball Stadium, counting for Moresby South will be at Kilakila High School and for Moresby Northeast at the Sir John Guise Indoor Stadium.

Mr Jimmy said officials have been divided into three shifts and a total of 36 boxes must be completed in each of the shifts.

The declaration of the four seats in NCD – three Open and one Regional – is expected next week.

More than 300 officers received their one-day training on the limited preferential vote (LPV) code of ethics in Port Moresby yesterday.

The Rita Flynn Courts was flooded with officials who participated in the one-day mock counting preparations to familiarise themselves with the procedure of counting ballot papers in a minimum scheduled number of days.

Mr Jimmy urged all officials to be trustworthy and honest during this process in order for transparency to prevail.

“We don’t want any foul business here because I expect to declare the election results next week,” he said. “What is in the ballot boxes is already decided by the people and it is our job to only facilitate,” he added.

Mr Jimmy said he has allocated each team to be divided into three groups for counting to progress until Sunday.

He noted concerns by some candidates about setting up CCTVs in the counting zones, but this depended on money and availability of equipment “otherwise counting must go on as scheduled”.

“Scrutineers at the all counting sites will be closely monitored by police and security personnel as well as the Electoral Commission officers on duty, who will be checked thoroughly before entering the counting zones,” Mr Jimmy said.

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