Sir Michael greets sea of yellow with Toka backing

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HUNDREDS of people from Motu Koita villages wore yellow on Friday to show their support for Dadi Toka Jr who is contesting the post chairman of Motu Koita assembly in the elections.
Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare, who was also present, said 40 years ago, the people of Sepik gave him the mandate to represent them in Parliament.
He said they did that over the following 40 years, giving him their support, trust and confidence.
“Now I want the people of Motu Koita to give that same trust and faith to this young leader, Dadi Toka,” he said.
Toka was escorted by Sir Michael, Sir Dadi Toka Snr, family members and supporters to file his nomination as a candidate for the chairman’s seat at the Electoral Commission office on Friday.
They launched a campaign at Hanuabada village on Saturday.
The Motu Koita Assembly Act was approved in 2007 by the Somare government.
The provisions of the act applies to all matters relating to the people, villages, communities, customary land, resources and government of the Motu Koita people of the National Capital District.
The assembly election is held every five years for 17 members of the assembly.
The 14 council members are from each village, with one women’s representative from West Motu Koita and one from East Motu Koita.
The chairman is elected by the Motu Koita people.

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