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Most sitting Members of Papua New Guinea Parliament are confident they will retain their seats with claims they have done enough in the past five years to warrant re-election.
Today signals the issue of writs which will officially start the 2017 National Election for Papua New Guinea.
Governor-General Bob Dadae will sign and issue a total of 111 election writs – 22 Provincial seats and 89 Open seats – at Government House.
Six copies each of the 111 writs will be made and will be distributed to constitutional offices including Clerk of Parliament, Ombudsman Commission, Registrar of Political Parties and Electoral Commission which will keep three copies.
Several MPs in the Government and Opposition and party officials defended their status and members.
MPs contacted said they were confident of “coming back” or retaining their seats, while others said they will beat their opponents “pants down because they had delivered many projects in their electorates in the past five years.
Officials and executives from major parties, including the ruling People’s National Congress, National Alliance, Triumph Heritage Empowerment, People’s Progress Party, Pangu Party, Social Democratic Party, National Party and People’s Movement for Change, said their sitting MPs will retain most seats.
PNC Party said “our Prime Minister Peter O’Neill is coming back to form Government with his PNC members.
“We are very confident of that.”
Aitape-Lumi MP and Treasury Minister Patrick Pruaitch: “I am retaining my seat for the fourth term.”
National Party leader and Sinasina-Yonggomugl MP Kerenga Kua says he is definitely coming back because so much has been done in the electorate in five years.
Yangoru-Saussia MP and Trade, Commerce and Industry Minister Richard Maru: “I have delivered more than any other member for Yangoru-Saussia electorate in the five years that I have been Member.
“And our people are not silly- they have enjoyed the biggest development in their lifetime and that is widely accepted by everyone.”
National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop and Moresby South MP Justin Tkatchenko reiterated their calls to city residents and Moresby South to see what has happened during past five years and what has changed.
“Let the people decide for themselves come polling. Moresby South has achieved a lot in terms of infrastructure, roads, health and education services to the electorate which have been run down for the past 40 years,” Tkatchenko said.
Governor Parkop said that while there are many more candidates contesting the NCD Regional seat, he was confident in retaining his seat.
Enga Governor Sir Peter Ipatas: “I don’t need to campaign, developments in Enga speak for themselves. But yes, I am coming back!”
Kandep MP and Opposition Leader Don Pomb Polye said: “I am coming back to form the next Government!”
Sumkar MP Ken Fairweather, who will be challenged by former chief justice Sir Arnold Amet, said, “Ol pipol blong Sumkar i laikim mi long sanap, so mi bai win gen!”
Kiriwina-Goodenough MP Dougals Tomuriesa, who is also Forests Minister, said: “Absolutely and very much, I am confident of retaining my seat!”
Western Highlands Governor Paias Wingti: “Yes, you will see me again!”
New Ireland Governor Sir Julius Chan: “Yes, I will because my people still need me!”
Central Bougainville MP Jimmy Miringtoro, who is Communication and Technology Minister, said: “I am coming back!”
North Bougainville MP Lauta Atoi said: “You will see me again two months time in the same seat!”
Kavieng MP Ben Micah, who is People’s Progress Party leader, said: “You will see me again with my team, this time more powerful, and I will form the Government.” and Communication Minister “I am coming back!”
West New Britain Governor Sasindran Muthuvel said: “Development in West New Britain speaks for itself and the people will speak, yes I will come back.”
Alotau MP and National Planning Minister Charles Abel said he was definitely confident of returning for the tenth Parliament. He said “win or lose I’m thankful for the opportunity to serve my country and people. I don’t think I’ve let them down.”
Sohe MP Delilah Gore, who is Religion, Youth and Community Development Minister, said: “Of course I am coming back. Development in my electorate speaks for itself and people want me back to continue!”
Manus Regional MP Charlie Benjamin said: “I am confident I will come back. My people will vote me back.”
Morobe Governor Kelly Naru says he was definitely coming back for another term in office.
Rigo MP Ano Pala, who is Justice and Attorney-General Minister, said: “I am definitely confident!”
Moresby Northwest MP and Health Minister Michael Malabag said: “I am quietly confident of retaining my seat.
This electorate has a good record of returning sitting MP for consecutive terms, this record I am sure will not be broken in 2017.”
Middle Ramu MP Tommy Tomscoll, who is Agriculture and Livestock Minister, said he was definitely coming back for another term in office. “I have done it before and will do it again. I know my base vote and know where my votes lie!”
Tobias Kulang, Kundiawa-Gembogl MP and Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister: “Yes I am very confident because the current Government policy has enabled me to deliver to certain expectations of the people in my electorate.”
Some of the MPs from the Highlands, Southern Highlands, Enga, Western Highlands, Momase and New Guinea Islands also said they had done so much in five years and should be returned by the voters.
SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS
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