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Twenty-four candidates are contesting the seat of President in the Autonomous Bougainville Government after nominations closed Tuesday, Electoral Commissioner says.
Bougainville Electoral Commissioner George Manu said former Bougainville Regional MP Fidelis Semoso was among the last candidates to be nominated in Buka.
He was the Regional MP from 2007 to 2012.
Manu said a total of 439 candidates would be contesting the seats for president, the three women representatives for South, Central and Northern, ex-combatants, regional representatives and the 44 constituencies.
He said the drawing of ballot numbers for candidate was done on Wednesday.
Campaigning will end on 11Augustwith polling to start on 12 August and to end on 01 September.
Counting runs from 02 - 14 September.
The writs will be returned on or before 15 September.
Manu said the limited preferential voting system would be used.
Semoso and Joseph Lera are former regional MPs contesting the president’s seat with former ABG President Tanis (2008 -2010).
“The others include former Kumul (Consolidated) Holdings Ltd chairman Paul Nerau, former ABG Chief secretary Thomas Raivet, former Bougainville Revolutionary Army supreme commander Samuel Kauona and former PNG Sports Federation executive director Peter Tsiamalili (Jnr).
Manu said two women were also contesting the seat of president.
They are former Bougainville Referendum Commission Commissioner Ruby Miringka and the former ABG Minister for Women Magdalene Toroansi.
SOURCE: THE NATIONAL/PACNEWS
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