The National, Tuesday November 5th, 2013
By DOROTHY MARK
VOTERS for the 2013 Madang open by-election have again been warned about accepting bribes and told to vote for a leader with a proven track record.
Madang businessman and candidate Peter Yama said that in a campaign speech at Kamba village outside Madang last Saturday.
“Don’t vote for K5 and K10 or any sort of bribery,” Yama said.
He said he owned property worth millions of kina and there was no way he would steal or misuse government money meant for delivering services.
He said this was his first time to contest the Madang open seat after 32 years of operating businesses in town.
“This is the first time for me to raise my hand for the seat because no one from the Bel area would contest, I felt that time was right for me to stand up,” he said.
Yama said he had proven record of delivering road services to Madang even though he was not a MP.
He was the MP for Sumkar and Minister for Works and Transport in 1992 when he helped seal the Sisiak Panim and Mis Kamba roads.
Madang returning officer Adolf Duanga cleared doubts raised by some members of the public about Yama and Alois Kingsley’s right to contest the open seat.
There were questions about their eligibility following both men’s outstanding court issues.
Duanga said the election law stated that both men were qualified to contest until they were proven guilty in court of whatever offence they had committed.
This is the last week of campaigns for the by-election.