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Polye wins back Kandep open seat

Staff Reporter 10/09/2016 | |
Kandep recount ended last Friday with sitting Member Don Polye finishing in the lead. Enga police commander George Kaskas said he was worried and expecting worse but everything turned out well because of the understanding established by each stakeholder prior to the recount. Kandep MP Don Polye, who is Opposition Leader, led with 22,860 votes and petitioner Alfred Luke Manase polled 15,365 votes when the fifth-placed candidate Peter Mission was excluded.

“I acknowledge everyone’s efforts including scrutineers of the candidates for ensuring a smooth flow through the seven-day period although there was continuous disturbance and delay of the re-counting process,” Superintendent Kakas said. “I thank the Electoral Commission staff, especially the returning officer Jimmy Alwyn and the Electoral Commission Lawyer  Ray Williams for demonstrating professionalism and being patient and having time to entertain and answer all queries, thereby, dispelling all misconceptions and doubts the people of Kandep and Enga had of the recount process. “It had made my job very easy in maintaining peace and order as the people were informed and content at all times.” Supt Kaskas also thanked the police officers from Enga and a contingent from Mt Hagen led by Inspector Kelly Sombe for ensuring the rule of law prevailed.. Post Courier / ONEPNG

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