The National, Wednesday August 08th, 2012
By SHIRLYN BELDEN
ELECTORAL Commissioner Andrew Trawen has instructed NCD regional to return its writs at 2pm today to be delivered to Governor-General Sir Michael Ogio.
As of 4pm yesterday after the 15th exclusion, sitting member Powes Parkop was in the lead with 29,224 votes followed by Wari Vele on 20,327.
Michael Kandiu and Robert Agarobe were trailing with 13,328 and 10,891 votes respectively.
According to acting returning officer Michael Agovaua, there were 13 exclusions left. A declaration was expected today.
Scrutineers last night requested polling officials to leave four boxes for counting today before a declaration could be made.
They said this was for security reasons.
When contacted last night, Trawen said he was expecting a declaration either late last night or early today.
Other candidates who were excluded and their votes shared yesterday were Lester Mam at the 14th exclusion and John Kuwimb at the 15th exclusion.
Since 9pm on Monday evening to 4pm yesterday, the counting proceeded to make nine exclusions.
Counting officials had been working tirelessly to complete the count before time.
Agovaua said the scrutineers of candidates and the counting officials had come to an understanding to cooperate and let the process end on time for a declaration and the return of the writs.
He said counting had progressed well so far.
He said they expected to cover the next 13 exclusions in time for the return of writs to Trawen at 2pm today.
NCD provincial was among other electorates from five provinces that were given an extension of seven days by Trawen to complete their counting.
Trawen is expected to return all writs to the governor-general this afternoon.