The National, Monday June 24th, 2013
CAMPAIGNING for the five Nipa-Kutubu presidential seats and 108 ward councils in Southern Highlands is running smoothly.
Among the candidates are three women – two for the president’s seats in Nembi Plateau and Lower Wage local level government councils – while one is contesting for the Nipa mayor’s seat.
Former acting governor John Hembe during the regime of the late Hami Yawari is among the 17 candidates contesting for the Nipa Basin local level government.
Two sitting councillors, Pip Songuro of Egenda ward 2, and Philip Worsen, of Ungubi ward 1, were declared unopposed at the close of nominations on June 14.
Nipa-Kutubu district administrator Robin Pip said last Friday more than 1,000 candidates were contesting for the 108 wards and five presidential seats.
Pip said Nipa station came alive with candidates conducting public rallies and debates.
He said this council election was becoming like national elections where candidates were seen campaigning very hard.
“It’s very interesting to see that many candidates support each other and going around together and campaigning,” he said.
Pip urged supporters to respect all candidates.