The National, Thursday July 11th, 2013
By ELIZABETH VUVU
FEMALE candidates who contested ward council seats in the Lorengau urban local level government, Manus, have not fared well.
Assistant returning officer Robert Siwer said the Lorengau urban LLG saw four women contest council seats but they were well beaten by rival men.
Siwer said there were two polling teams for Lorengau urban covering the seven wards in the LLG.
So far, wards 1, 2, 4 and 5 had seen their new councillors declared, with wards 3, 6 and 7 to be declared today and tomorrow.
The new councillors are Duncan Joseph for ward 2, Nixon Mark for ward 4 and Seki Pusuh for ward 5.
Siwer said a woman was among 29 candidates contesting the mayor’s seat.
He said polling and counting in the LLG had gone smoothly so far.
The Lelemadih-Bupichupeu LLG saw a woman contest the council seat in Pitiliu ward 16 but she came fourth in the race.
Assistant returning officer Poyap Ponau said there were three polling teams for the LLG and since last Saturday, they had conducted polling and counting in four wards and declared four new councillors.
Provincial election manager Pakop Posangat said most of the wards which started polling last Saturday, also completed counting on the same day and had moved on.