Another PNC casualty in PNG election

10:21 am on 19 July 2017

Another minister from the ruling People's National Congress party has lost his seat in Papua New Guinea's national election.

So far results have been declared in 21 of the 111 seats in PNG's parliament.

The People's National Congress has won eight, the Pangu Pati has five and the National Alliance has two.

Fisheries Minister Mao Zeming lost to the Pangu Pati's Kobby Bomareo in the Morobe province district of Tewai-Siassi.

PNC's Mao Zeming

PNC's Mao Zeming Photo: IUCN

Dr Bomareo was declared as member-elect late yesterday.

While the PNC is still on track to emerge as the party with the most MPs, if not a majority, it has suffered several high profile losses.

The Speaker Theo Zurenuoc, a PNC member, is also set to lose his Finschhafen seat to Rainbo Paita, also from the Pangu Pati.

Among other PNC members, the Health Minister Michael Malabag is well out of the race in Moresby Northwest, and in Madang open, the Petroleum and Energy minister Nixon Duban is on course to lose his seat.

Another Pangu Pati candidate, Bryan Kramer, has a significant lead on Mr Duban in the late stages of counting.