The Trade, Commerce and Industry Minister is 4, 788 votes in front of former MP Peter Wararu Waranaka, who he defeated at the 2012 polls.
Returning Officer Martin Wana told Loop PNG this morning, that 9 more ballot boxes are remaining to be counted.
This is the progressive tally of the top three candidates given by the RO.
Yangoru Sassia- after Count 10
Sixteen Candidates have been endorsed to contest this Open seat in the 2017 elections.