Yama determined to clean up administration

Governor Yama accused previous administrations of engaging in numerous corrupt deals involving a lot of money being paid through fraudulent activities; the fraud squad has been assigned to investigate these.

Yama said no proper audits have been done by the Office of Rural Development that clearly indicate the use of public funds in Madang.

He said according to reports from the Office of Rural Development, so much money has been spent with nothing to show for on the ground.

Counting: Bogia open results after 18th elimination

The tally stands with National Alliance candidate Robert Naguri leading on 6671 votes,

The following are the progressive results as of this afternoons count;

Madang slowly wrapping up counting

With most of the provinces throughout the country already declared some of their members, Madang is yet to declare one member.

While, neighboring provinces in the region have declared some candidates in the past week, Madang is yet to compete counting, at least for most of its districts.

This is evident as the regional Seat hasn't even hit the half way mark in counting for over 200 ballot papers.

While the Madang open seat is in its early stages of elimination, followed by Bogia open, other districts still need to complete counting.

Youth take initiative while waiting on election results

The group, consisting of 128 boys, were in town to support candidate contesting the Usino-Bundi Open seat Vincent Kumara and decided to clean up the town as part of their community service.

As a community and youth leader back at Bundi, Kumara was pleased to see the youths do something productive while waiting for the election results in Madang Town.

With the theme "Carpe Diem" or "Sieze the Day", the boys did a 2.5km Sunday morning walkathon from Bukbuk to Tusbab beach picking up rubbish along the way.

Polling yet to be completed in four provinces

Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato confirmed today that polling in some LLGs in these provinces have been extended.

In Madang, polling in Arabaka Rural LLG and Josephstaal Rural LLG in the Middle Ramu District and Bundi LLG in the Usino Bundi District have requested for an extension.

For Enga, counting has started at most electorates while some LLGs have requested for polling extension.

In Gulf, polling in the remote parts of Kikori District has been extended while polling in Kerema District is complete and counting will commence on Thursday.

Madang to prepare for counting

This was revealed by Madang Election Manager Peter Yasaro.

Yasaro said most of the electorates are set to complete polling during the weekends; there will be two days for necessary preparations thus – Tuesday the 11th is the appropriate timing for the start of counting.

The locations for counting have already been set – these include the counting locations for Madang Urban, Raicoast and the Regional seat.

Madang residents fed up with crime

The protesters included landowners of Sisiak and residents of Brahim, Panim, Beon Mausrot, the corrections facility, Furan and Sisiak Village.

Banners and placards held by the frustrated group publicly carried their demands of a safer community and better road conditions.

School students and teachers joined in the march to Jomba Police Station as well.

Attempts to contact PPC Jacob Singura failed, but reliable sources say the petition also informs PPC Singura of a sit-in protest scheduled for this Friday.

Campaigning on a motorbike

Endorsed by the People’s Movement for Change Party, Simon Merton is confident to win this elections and change Madang.

When asked as to why he is using a Harley Davidson motorbike to do his campaigns, Merton said he wants to keep a low profile and campaign rather than drive around with speakers and make a lot of noise.

“We are keeping it simple. Meeting and talking to people at markets and bus stops. So many genuine volunteers are coming forward to distribute our message,” Merton told Loop PNG.

Potential for more resources in Madang high

This was revealed to the Madang Provincial Government Executive Council by the Mineral resources Authority (MRA) during a presentation early this month on Karkar Island.

The MRA’s Geological Survey Division presented its compilation of a geological resources potential report revealing high mineral deposits, oil and gas reserves, and the potential for geothermal energy.

Police officer robbed while on duty

Officer in Charge of Traffic in Madang, Sergeant Frank Makora, was attacked while controlling traffic at the crossing near Modilon Hospital.

He said he hung his bag (bilum) with his personnel effects on a nearby wall when a thug grabbed his bag and ran towards the public cemetery.

"I was controlling the pedestrians when this happened. Bystanders informed me of my bag being snatched and I chased the thug," he said.

During the chase, the officer tripped and fell. The thug then punched him and took off again.