The National, Monday July 15th, 2013
By GABRIEL FITO
WEWAK MP Jim Simatab is urging his people to exercise care when voting for their presidents and ward councillors when the province goes to the polls today.
Simatab, who is Correctional Service Minister, said people must vote responsibly because their votes could enable the efficient flow of service or make them suffer for the next five years.
He was speaking during a recent tour of the islands of Wewak in East Sepik, where he campaigned for his Wewak Island local level government president and deputy governor, Toby Samek.
“I think it is important for us all to vote for the presidents and ward members unless there are some sinister motives,” he said.
“I am saying this because we want continuity in service delivery and not to go back to the drawing board when new faces are voted into office.”
Simatab told the island people it was necessary for them to return Samek because he had more than 15 years of experience in politics and would be their mouthpiece in the provincial executive council if he was returned as president.
He said all districts throughout the country would now have more funds to deliver essential services to the people and it was important that credible leaders were not overlooked.