The National, Thursday 13th June 2013
A CANDIDATE for the Boikin Dagua LLG president’s seat in East Sepik claims that a MP is supporting current councillors financially to retain their seats.
Teddy Maura, from Dogur village in Dagua, said this style of politics went against the principles of good governance and leadership.
He said some leaders continued to use the local level government system of government for their own benefit to keep their seats while people continued to suffer.
Maura said some councillors had to make way for others who were ready and determined to serve the people in the wards.
Maura alleged that the K200 nomination fees for the councillors had been paid for by some leaders.
“If it’s a free and fair election, then let us all run as individuals in our respective LLGs and wards without any influence and let people decide their leaders,” Maura said.
Wewak MP Jim Simatab when farewelling Boikin Dagua LLG president James Haurom and his ward councillors last week said he wanted all presidents and ward members in Wewak district to retain their seats so that there was a continuity in leadership.
Simatab said this would allow the implementation of major development plans they had already lined up for the district.