Who will be our next Vice Regal?
Ted Diro, Bob Dadae or Timothy Bonga
BY JEFREY ELAPA
Two Morobeans and a Papuan are vying to be the next Governor-General when nominations closed at noon on Monday, Acting Clerk Kala Aufa said.
Mr Aufa said yesterday former regional Member for Central Province and People’s Action Party leader Ted Diro was the sole Southern region nominee. He was Deputy Prime Minister from April 1990 to October 1991.
The Morobe candidates are Timothy Bonga, former member for Nawaeb who held several senior ministerial portfolios, including Minister for Forest. He was a board member of many state entities including PNG Harbours Board, the forerunner to PNG Ports.
Bob Dadae is the other Morobe candidate who is the current Member for Kabwum and served for three terms as Member of Parliament, and held the Defence Ministry in the eighth National Parliament.
Mr Dadae is a member of the current ruling People’s National Congress led by Prime Minister Peter O’Neill who has about more than 60 MPs and he is being supported by the party.
Mr Bonga, a former National Alliance party strongman, is supported by PNC’s coalition partner the National Alliance party led by Party leader Patrick Pruaitch, while Mr Diro is believed to be supported by People’s Progress Party and other members from Central Province.
Mr Aufa said the three candidates qualified and mastered the number (15+ 1) of signatures of Members of Parliament.
About 108 members of Parliament are expected to vote for their choice as three seats from Western Province are vacant and they are Western Regional with the jailing of Ati Wabiro, South Fly with the death of Deputy Speaker Aide Ganisi and North Fly Boka Kondra being removed from office by the court.
Earlier there were rumours that more than 11 candidates were vying for the post, but it is believed they were not able to secure the required number of signatures.
Mr Aufa said his office is going through the screening process and have also written letters to the police commissioner and the Ombudsman Commission for character check.
He said although the Speaker Theo Zurenuoc said the secret ballot would take place on Thursday, February 9, to elect a new Governor-General, Parliament may take the vote today because there were only three candidates pending character check reports from the Police and the Ombudsman Commission.