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Bougainville election counting continues with 34 seats still pending
03:49 am GMT+12, 10/09/2020, Papua New Guinea

The Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) 2020 election has seen six seats declared as of Monday this week.
 
For North Bougainville, Raymond Masono was re-elected by the people of Atolls constituency for another five years in the Bougainville House of Representatives.
 
The people of Nissan constituency also voted back former ABG Community Government Minister Charry Napto.
Moving down to South Bougainville, the people of Torokina district elected 30-year-old Pacific Adventist University graduate Fabian Saleu Epota replacing two-time Torokina MP Steven Suako.
 
Former ABG minister for Health Dennis Lokonai made a strong comeback with an absolute majority vote from the first preferential count. The people of Bolave constituency of Bana district in South Bougainville made sure their sitting MP cruised home in style with a block vote on all ballot boxes.
 
Another young gun, Melvin Wilolopa won the seat for Lato constituency still in the Bana district of South Bougainville, unseating former sitting MP Christopher Kena.
 
The Central Bougainville counting center in Arawa has declared one seat so far, which is the Rau constituency in the Wakunai district, with the new member elect, Jason Baranako.
 
Counting is still continuing in all other constituencies of North, Central and South Bougainville. At the same time progressive results for women’s, veterans and the president seat is being announced in the four counting centres of Buin, Arawa and Buka.
 
Counting officials are working tirelessly to meet the counting deadline next Monday, September 14, 2020, with the Return of Writs the following day, Tuesday September 15, one day before the country’s Independence Day celebrations.
 
There are 40 seats altogether for declaration.
 
Thirty- four seats are yet to be declared this week and over the weekend.

SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS


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