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Four hundred and forty candidates have put their hands up to contest this year’s 2020 Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) general election.
The 40 seats to be contested for are; for the president, three women’s seat, three veteran’s seat and 33 constituency seats.
This is the highest number of candidates contesting in any ABG elections since the Bougainville House of Representative was inaugurated on 15 June, 2005.
For the president seat 25 candidates have filed their nominations, including two women. Forty-one (41) former fighters will contest for their Ex-Combatant (Veteran) seat and 24 women leaders have put their hands up to contest the three women seat for North, Central and South Bougainville.
While for the 33 constituencies’ in the three regions of Bougainville – North, Central and South, 350 candidates filed their nominations to contest for the 33 available constituency seats in parliament.
For North Bougainville, Haku has the highest nominees with 23 candidates:
Tsitalato (16), Hagogohe (10), Halia (13), Tonsu (13), Peit (19), Selau (11), and Atolls (9), Mahari (8), Teua (11), Taonita Teop (9), Teua (11), Suir (10), Taonita Tinputz (10) and Nissan 9 candidates.
For Central Bougainville:
Eivo Torau has 13 candidates, Ioro (16), North Nasioi (11), South Nasioi (8), Kongara (8), Kokoda (7), Rau (11) and Terra locked in with 10.
For the four districts:
South Bougainville, Buin, Siwai, Bana and Torokina, 95 candidates registered to contest.
Konnou with 11 intending candidates, Motuna have signed in eight candidates, Lule (12), Bolave (7), Baubake (7), Lato (6), Makis (9), Baba (8), Kopii (9), Torokina (11) and Ramu with 7 candidates vying.
SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS
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