Report from Pangia
Election polling dates have been deferred in Ialibu-Pangia due to discrepancies where one of the five LLGs was discovered to have been left out from the 2017 Electoral Commission list of polling locations in the PM’s electorate.
Kuara LLG is one of the five LLGs in Ialibu-Pangia, that includes East Pangia Rural, Ialibu Urban, Kewali Rural and South Wiru Rural, that was left out from the Electoral Commission’s listing of polling locations in 2017.
Candidates contesting for Ialibu-Pangia Open have agreed to the decision for Electoral Commission to print a new list that includes Kuara LLG prior to the commencement of polling tomorrow Sunday July 2, 2017.
Electoral Commission Mr. Patilias Gamato confirmed during press conference this afternoon that all ballot papers and cash confiscated by police from Electoral Commission managers in Port Moresby were legal and part of the Commission’s internal operations.
Mr Gamato explained that K184,300 in cash confiscated and counted at Boroko Police Station were payments intended to pay polling officials working at various polling locations in NCD.
He also confirmed that over a thousand ballot papers used at a polling location in NCD was legal, however were confiscated and taken to Boroko Police station after the announcement of deferred elections for NCD was moved to Friday.
May 29, 2017 ~ The National
By Malum Nalu
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has assured Motu-Koitabu villagers that they will have their own seat in Parliament as well as a greater share in project developments in their areas such as the Port Moresby port.
He gave the assurance during a campaign rally for Health Minister and Moresby North-West MP Michael Malabag at Tatana village outside Port Moresby on Saturday.
O’Neill promised the people that, just like he had turned Hela and Jiwaka into provinces in 2012, he would give the Motu-Koitabu people representation in Parliament.
“Today I make a commitment to the people of Motu-Koitabu, you will have your own seat in Parliament after 2017,” he said.
“You will have your own member, carrying your own voice, on the floor of Parliament.
O’Neill said PNG Ports Corporation had been directed to ensure that “participation and benefits must go to the people of Motu-Koitabu, and especially the landowners of Tatana and Baruni, which must be clearly defined”.
“This is a commitment from a prime minister who has delivered shares back to Ok Tedi (landowners), shares back to Bougainville (landowners), and there are going to be more landowners who will benefit because of our policies of giving back to our landowners and our people. We want equal benefits sharing with our people right throughout the country, especially landowners.”