The National, Tuesday July 16th, 2013
By PISAI GUMAR
WARD council elections in Morobe patrol post, Huon Gulf, have been completed and councillors declared, while counting for the president’s seat is expected to start on Thursday.
Team 4 polling officer Martin Kawi reported minor election-related violence experienced at Zigori, Aingse, Siu and Kobo villages after declaring winning councillors but the people quickly resolved the disputes.
Speaking at Sapa village on Saturday, Kawi said four teams had been dispatched to cover communities from Buso-Amoa, Zigori-Sapa, Pepeware-Dona and Gugumi-Kobo.
Kawi led team 4 that covered Eya-Gugumi, Sowara-Wuwu, Bau-Auno and Kobo-Wainsoduna.
The declared councillor for Eya-Gugumi is Francis Dureba, Dora Dora for Sowara-Wuwu, Toka Ewa for Bau-Auno and Kobo-Wainsoduna winner is Baruga Zarau.
“Despite our efforts, assistant returning officer and LLG manager Esing Ulam paid only K100 for team allowance and K5 for individual allowance to respective polling teams, totally undermining our commitment.
“We struggled throughout the period and we need to thank villagers who accommodated us. How could Ulam do this to us?” Kawi said.
Ulam was not available for comment.
Paemo Mouduai, from Ana-Pose village, claimed the Sapa council seat, defeating five others with 280 votes to the nearest 268 by Poyoo Gamato.