Senior government minister and Kandep MP Don Polye says his Triumph Heritage Empowerment Party will form the next government.
Polye, who is leading the count for the Kandep open electorate with more than 10,000 votes, was certain of retaining his seat. His nearest rival after yesterday’s count was about 7,000
“Papua New Guinea people deserve a new government founded on solid, honest and reliable leadership,” he said in a statement yesterday.
He said T.H.E Party candidates were doing quite well across the country.
“We, T.H.E Party under my leadership, will ensure we provide the most appropriate and decent governance of the highest quality that Papua New Guineans need right now.”
Polye invited other political parties with the objective of creating a new beginning for PNG to work with his party and form the new government.
Vote counting is continuing in most electorates in PNG, as the Post Courier newspaper reported the election has cost the country 330.5 million Kina ($203.7 million NZD and $159.5 million AUD).
The Post Courier reported that Australia spent millions in training, logistics and the provision of security officers to assist in the pre-election period. The New Zealand Government has also provided extensive logistic support.
Counting only commenced in the Western Highlands province yesterday afternoon, with reports of stealing and burning of ballot boxes in a number of electorates. The National also reported seven out of the 32 candidates in the Milne Bay seat of Alotau complained of foul play with a ballot box.
Source: 8021 Pacific Media Watch