By HELEN TARAWA
SOUTHERN Highlands Governor William Powi has joined the ruling Pangu Party from the People’s National Congress.
Registrar of Political Parties and Candidates Dr Aphonse Gelu yesterday announced Powi’s membership with Pangu.
Dr Gelu also announced that two other MPs who moved were Sir Mekere Morauta, who joined National Alliance Party, while Douglas Tomuriesa left Pangu Party and joined Our Development Party.
Sir Mekere fought the last election as an independent candidate.
Powi is a former member of People’s National Congress Party and had resigned, making his intentions known to join Pangu but due to delay in processing his registration, it took him almost a year to be formally recognised.
Dr Gelu called on political parties to work hard in preparation for the 2022 national elections.
“We do encourage our political parties to keep their membership on the floor of Parliament,” he said.
“Once our members of Parliament join political parties, it is something good for us in terms of maintaining a good parliamentary system so that we can have political stability.
“Once we have political stability, the country will progress.
“I encourage political parties to continue to enlist their membership for their parties,” he said.
Powi said he made it official yesterday to dispel speculation and misconceptions about his party membership status.
“I want to correct the misconceptions in the media and inform my people of Southern Highlands that I’m am now a registered member of Pangu Party,” he said.
“I am a supporter of Prime Minister James Marape and I have no intention to be affiliated to any other party. “Since being elected in 2012, I didn’t believe in jumping from party to party.
“This ceremony is to correct and dispel this public misconception and to confirm that I am fully registered member of Pangu.”
Pangu general secretary Morris Tovebae said Powi was always with the party despite the formalities not being in place.
“Now he is a fully-fledged member of the Pangu Party,” Tovebae said.
By HELEN TARAWA