The National, Tuesday June 18th, 2013
By PISAI GUMAR
A COUNCILLOR has been returned unopposed while six women are contesting ward council seats in the Wampar local level government in Huon Gulf, Morobe.
Labu-Tale councillor Aaron Aima was declared unopposed by Wampar assistant returning officer Wesley Komboni after nominations closed.
Komboni said six women were among 172 men contesting the presidents’ and council seats in 27 wards.
Oriatz Women’s Association president Judy Artango is after the president’s seat with 32 male candidates.
It is held by provincial law and order chairman and Wampar president Peter Namus.
Wampar stretches from 5-Mile to Leron Bridge on the highway, covers Mama-Bogeba in the east along the Finisterre Range and across to Tsilitsili, Lower Watut in the west, sharing boundaries with Bulolo, Menyamya and Onga-Waffa, Markham.
Three women candidates are vying for Ward Five and one each for Ward 15 and Ward 20 on the highway.
Komboni said one-day polling scheduled for the Huon Gulf urban wards nine, 10, 11, 12 and 13 (from 5-Mile to Busanim) would be held during Lae Urban and Ahi LLG’s polling dates to avoid double voting.
Four teams will be sent to cater for rural areas assisted by district administration staff.
Candidates and supporters were assured to avoid instigating troubles to allow fair and free election.