Momis re-elected ABG president

DR Chief John Momis has been re-elected president of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.

He was declared the president-elect by the Regional Returning Officer John Itanu this morning, defeating eight other candidates also vying for the presidential seat.

Mr Momis has been leading the race since the start of counting last Saturday, and has been maintaining that lead till the fourth exclusive process conducted early this morning to be declared winner.

He won with a whopping 51, 382 votes while runner-up Mr Toroama received 18, 466 votes.

Sam Kauona and Sam Akoitai settled for third and fourth placings with 14, 965 and 11, 523 votes respectively after the completion of the fourth and final exclusive process.

During the completion of the primary counts saw Mr Momis receiving 48, 826 votes while runner-up Ismael Toroama collected 16, 077 votes.

Trailing third was Sam Kauona with 12, 383 votes while Sam Akoitai collected 9443 votes to maintain his fourth placing.

The absolute majority after the completion of the primary counts stood at 51, 302 votes, with Mr Momis needing to only collect 2476 votes in the exclusive process to claim the presidency seat.

Mr Momis continued receiving more votes during the exclusive process, thus surpassing the 51, 100 absolute majority mark in the fourth exclusive process resulting in his declaration.

The president-elect was escorted by some recently-declared members from Buka to the North Region counting centre at Hutjena secondary school at around half past ten today to sign the writ.

While delivering his speech after signing the writ, Mr Momis commended the Acting Bougainville Electoral Commissioner, Mr George Manu, his officers, external advisors and supporters involved in the successful staging of this election, which for the first time is being conducted by ABG’s own electoral commission.

Mr Momis also acknowledged those that have given him the mandate to lead the people of Bougainville in the next Bougainville House of Representatives.

He said despite the little hiccups encountered during the election period, people still stood firm with their decisions in ensuring that this election was conducted peacefully, before adding that this shows the people’s commitments towards democratic principles, values and the long term vision for the people of Bougainville.

The Third Bougainville House of Representative will be sworn into office on June 15 this month.