16 Jul 2012

PNC still top in PNG vote count

7:03 am on 16 July 2012

The People's National Congress remains the leading party in vote counting for Papua New Guinea's general election.

Three weeks of polling to choose a new 111-member parliament concluded at the weekend.

So far final results have been declared in ten seats, of which the PNC has won three including the one of the caretaker Prime Minister Peter O'Neill.

His party also leads in 16 other electorates.

The Triumph Heritage Empowerment Party has two confirmed seats and leads in eight others including in Sohe Open, with Delilah Gore the only woman leading in a seat.

The National Alliance Party of Sir Michael Somare is leading in nine seats, with two victories declared by returning officers.

Independent candidates have the lead in 12 seats.