18 Jul 2007

PNG voters dump Namaliu but poised to choose Chan

1:17 pm on 18 July 2007

In results from the Papua New Guinea national elections, one former prime minister has been dumped by voters while another may be on his way back to parliament for the first time in ten years.

Sir Rabbie Namaliu, who was foreign minister and then treasurer in the last government, has lost his Kokopo seat in East New Britain to independent Patrick Tammur.

Sir Julius Chan, who was last in parliament in 1997, has established a lead over the incumbent Ian Ling Stuckey in the New Ireland provincial seat.

There have been few difficulties in the counting process to date though our correspondent, Alex Rheeney, says there have been calls in one seat in East Sepik for electoral officials to resign.

"Counting has been suspended in the Wewak Open Seat in East Sepik at the moment until that is sorted out. there have also been some calls by candidates for the Kagua-Erave seat in Southern Highlands for a recount to be made. Actually candidates had wanted the Electoral Commissioner to declare the count as failed and the elections as failed for that particular electorate and for a new election to be held."

Alex Rheeney