12 Jul 2012

PNC has tenuous lead in PNG election

12:41 pm on 12 July 2012

The People's National Congress continues to lead the party standings in counting for Papua New Guinea's general election.

The PNC, which is led by the caretaker Prime Minister Peter O'Neill, is ahead in 13 of the 69 seats for which the Electoral Commission has released preliminary vote count updates.

The next party in the standings, leading in ten seats, is the National Alliance of Sir Michael Somare which led PNG's coalition government for most of the past decade.

Independents are ahead in nine seats.

Meanwhile, polling is still being held in some remote regions.

Polling was originally scheduled to end last week but was extended into a third week due to weather and logistical delays.

The last province to commence polling, Eastern Highlands, was due to begin polling today.