The National, Tuesday June 25th, 2013
FIVE women are vying for local level government president seats while 23 have put up their hands for ward councillors’ seats.
Provincial election manager and provincial returning officer David Wakias confirmed the figure, saying a total of 334 were contesting the LLG presidential seats while 2,305 candidates are vying for ward councillors in the 20 LLGs.
The total number of candidates for the province’s LLG elections is 2,638.
He said 24 council wards, mostly in the Upper Mendi rural LLG, were declared unopposed as soon as nominations were closed.
He said Lai Valley rural LLG had the highest number contesting the LLG elections with 324 contestants followed by Nipa rural with 278 and the least was Mt Bosavi rural with 45 contestants.
Poroma LLG assistant returning officer Kenneth Kelei said the Poroma LLG was well prepared in terms of security as 30 policemen have been deployed to the area.