1 Aug 2002

6 PNG MPs want election victory formally recognised

4:46 pm on 1 August 2002

Six people who say they have won seats in the election in Papua New Guinea's Enga province have called on the electoral commission to formally declare them the winners.

The Enga governor Peter Ipatas and the five new MP say they don't want supplementary elections for fear of violence.

They say the electoral commissioner must accept the people's wishes shown through the democratic process and declare the writs for their seats.

They also say the commission was wrong to compare Enga to the Southern Highlands because the elections in Enga were more peaceful apart from two incidents.

Those were the burning of ballot boxes at the Wabag Police Station and the taking of ballots for the Kompiam-Ambun seat.

The MPs in waiting say the elections in Enga have not failed and that the electoral commission is now duty bound to formally endorse declarations made for the six provincial seats.

Two of the MPs are independents, one is with the People's Labour Party, another with the National Alliance while Governor Ipatas and the remaining MP are with the People's Democratic Movement.