The National, Wednesday July 11th, 2012
By GABRIEL FITO
MAPRIK MP Gabriel Kapris has acknowledged people in the East Sepik electorate for realising the importance of service delivery in their communities.
He said at his Albinama village outside Maprik yesterday that results of the counting in progress showed people supported the delivery of service when they went to the polls and thanked them for that.
Kapris had been leading a field of 14 candidates when counting for the electorate began last Friday. Yesterday, he was still ahead with 7,696 votes after count 30.
His nearest rival is National Alliance candidate and businessman John Simon who had polled 6,629 votes, followed by Vincent Alois Yangwari on 5,799.
Kapris, who had brought Maprik out of the doldrums in terms of development in his last two terms in parliament, said the support for him implied that people were in support of development in the electorate.
Meanwhile Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare still leads in the East Sepik regional seat when counting was suspended yesterday with 18,805 votes, ahead of Allan Bird on 18,344 and Tony James Walwal on 4,445.