10 Dec 2013

People's National Congress candidates take PNG by-elections

9:03 pm on 10 December 2013

The People's National Congress Party has consolidated its position as the biggest party in Papua New Guinea's parliament as results in two by-elections become clear.

The PNC's Ezekiel Anisi has reclaimed the Ambunti-Dreikikir Open seat in East Sepik after being declared the member-elect yesterday.

The 25 year-old's win in the electorate during last year's general elections was subsequently nullified by the Supreme Court because he was not 25 years old at the time, the minimum age for a general election candidate.

Meanwhile in the Madang Open by-election, local media reports that Nixon Duban appears to be on track for a win as vote-counting proceeds.

Another member of the Prime Minister Peter O'Neill's PNC, Mr Duban's win in the seat during the 2012 election was declared null and void amid allegations of fraud.

It's unclear whether he will resume his position as Minister of Police if he is declared winner of the by-election.