2821 want to contest

By CLIFFORD FAIPARIK

A TOTAL of 2821 candidates have signed the official form to contest the 111 seats in the 2017 national election – including 13 vying for Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s Ialibu-Pangia seat.

PNG Electoral Commission media officer Alphones Muapi said the 2821 had filled and signed Form 29 which had all their personal details.

But he said the exact number of candidates contesting each of the 111 seats would be finalised when nominations closed on April 27.

In 2012, 3435 candidates contested.

It is expected that the number this year may be much less if the nomination fee is increased to K10,000 from K1000.

Parliament is expected to decide on the fees when it sits next week.

Muapi confirmed that 12 people would be challenging O’Neill for the Ialibu-Pangia seat in Southern Highlands. In 2012, eight, including O’Neill, vied for the seat.

There are;

Southern Highlands

32 vying for the Southern Highlands Regional seat,

29 for Imbonggu,

49 for Kagua-Erave,

17 for Mendi and

25 for Nipa-Kutubu.

Western and Gulf

Western;

53 contesting the Western Regional seat,

44 in Middle Fly,

68 in North Fly, and

58 in South Fly.

In Gulf,

54 are interested in the Regional seat,

67 in Kerema and

57 in Kikori.

Manus

29 to contest the Manus Regional seat and

32 for Manus Open.

In the National Capital District,

47 are vying for Governor Powes Parkop’s seat,

61 North East,

44 North West and

18 South.

AROB

6 vying for the Bougainville Regional seat,

18 for Central Bougainville,

28 North Bougainville and

12 for South Bougainville.

New Ireland

16 for the Regional seat,

9 for Namatanai and

23 for Kavieng.

West New Britain

12 are vying for the Regional seat,

30 for Talasea and

19 for Kandrian/Gloucester.

East New Britain

15 for Regional,

16 in Gazelle

23 in Kokopo

11 in Pomio and

8 in Rabaul.

Hela

37 Regional,

45 Komo-Margarima,

16 Tari-Pori and

36 Koroba-Lake Kopiago .

Milne Bay

26 are vying for the Regional seat,

16 in Esa’ala,

31 in Kiriwina-Goodenough,

20 in Alotau and

2 in Samarai-Murua.

Central

33 Central Regional seat,

24 Abau,

42 Goilala,

36 Rigo and

28 Kairuku-Hiri.

Northern  

39 candidates Northern Regional seat,

26 Ijivitari and

46 Sohe.

Madang

28 for Madang Regional seat,

11 Bogia ,

11 Madang Open ,

14 Middle Ramu ,

7 Rai Coast,

14 Sumkar and

13 Usino-Bundi.

West Sepik

31 candidates for West Sepik Regional seat,

18 Aitape-Lumi ,

13 Nuku ,

17 Telefomin and

20 Vanimo-Green.

East Sepik

27 are contesting the Governor’s seat held since Independence by Sir Michael Somare,

16 for Ambunti/Drekikir,

32 for Angoram,

21 for Maprik,

36 in Wewak,

29 in Wosera-Gawi  and

19 in Yangoru-Saussia.

Morobe,

15 want Governor Kelly Naru’s seat,

21 for Bulolo ,

43 for Finschhafen ,

25 for Huon Gulf,

23 for Kabwum,

49 for Lae,

24 for Markham,

25 for Menyamya/Aseki,

40 for Nawaeb and

39 for Tewai-Siassi.

Enga

28 for Enga Regional seat,

Kandep 25,

Kompiam/Ambum 36,

Porgera/Lagaip 46,

Wabag 25 and

Wapenamanda 29.

Eastern Highlands

Eastern Highlands Regional 24,

Daulo 22,

Goroka 15,

Henganofi 14 ,

Kainantu 18,

Lufa 17,

Obura-Waninara 7,

Okapa 30 and

Unggai-Bena 9.

Jiwaka

Jiwaka Regional has 37,

Anglimp South Waghi 15,

Jimi 22,

North Waghi 22.

Western Highlands

Western Highlands Regional has 25 candidates,

Dei 32,

Hagen 22,

Mul-Baiyer 29 and

Tambul/Nebilyer 24.

 

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