Moresby North-West

Court dismisses Moresby North-West petition

Sir Mekere said the petition was dismissed on legal, procedural and technical grounds.

The dismissal came after the court found the petition was incompetent. Petitioner Lohia Boe Samuel failed to comply with requirements of section 208 of the Organic law.  

Samuel failed to state the occupation of the two attesting witnesses in the petition, which is a requirement, breaching section 208(d) of the organic law.

“It’s a matter of law, the law’s been enforced right here.

Service, infrastructure top agenda for Morauta

Sir Mekere told the media this morning, prior to his declaration as member-elect for Moresby North-West.

His return to politics comes after a term absence. He was the MP from 1997 to 2012.

From retirement, Sir Mekere said he is making a comeback because he is worried about the country’s future.

He thanked the people of Moresby North-West for giving him the privilege of representing them.

He said he chose to return and play the game instead of watching and criticising.

"The last five years has changed in its democratic character," he said.

Sir Mekere reaches absolute majority

The announcement was made at 9am today while a declaration is expected soon.

After the 35th elimination of Honk Kiap, Sir Mekere polled 14,007 votes, passing the absolute majority of 12,918.

Kiap's votes of 4,877 were distributed among the top three candidates. 2,351 were exhausted votes.

Sir Mek picked up 1,106 votes, Tonde picked 824 while Samuel got 596 votes.

COUNTING: Moresby North-West progressive result – after elimination 34

Sir Mekere Morauta is still climbing and leading the competition as exclusion continues.

The progressive results are as follows;

COUNTING: Moresby North-West – after elimination 24

Assistant election manager for NCD, Bale Kavanamur, informed counting officials today to fast track counting and elimination.

Following the 24th exclusion from this morning, only 14 candidates remain in the race.

The top five for the Moresby North-West seat are as follows:


COUNTING: Moresby North-West eliminations to start

The quality check comes after the primary counting of the electorate’s votes.

The top five candidates after quality checks:


COUNTING: Moresby North-West quality check underway

Counting was suspended at the end of count 112 today, before officials resumed at 4:30pm to do quality check.

At the end of count 112, Sir Mekere Morauta is still ahead while sitting MP, Michael Malabag, is on 5th place.


COUNTING: Moresby North-West’s progressive results – after count 88

The progressive results as of 3pm this afternoon are as follows;

COUNTING: Moresby North-West’s progressive results – after count 84

The progressive results as of 11am this morning are as follows;

COUNTING: Moresby North-West’s progressive result – after count 64

Sir Mekere leads with 5,189 votes after count 64 from ballot box from Morata 1 Community Hall area.