The National, Tuesday 11th June 2013
TARI-Pori MP James Marape, after defeating an election petition against his 2012 general election victory, is focusing on delivering services and developing the electorate.
The jubilant Finance and Education Minister fought off the petition filed by Jonny Philip which was heard last week in Tari.
He said service delivery and development in the electorate had been held back because a lot of time was spent on fighting the election petition against his win.
“One year has (been spent) managing the petition in the court rooms and since the case is over, Tari-Pori will move on from now and I will do my best with the grace of God to deliver,” he said.
Marape commended the people of Tari-Pori for keeping the peace during the petition hearing and respecting the ruling of the National Court.
He said he respected Philip’s wish to file the petition as it was his democratic right to know the truth and seek justice through the court.
He said he would work with everyone including the petitioners to address some of the poor services and boost development in the district.
“We have built a new high school and would continue to support our two high schools. We have built many classrooms, opened BSP bank branch in Tari and now we also have a new Hela province.
“Road network, infrastructure and electricity supplies in the electorate are taking precedence and we will link with neighbouring electorates to open up roads and deliver electricity supplies all over the electorate to make life better for the people,” he said