Former PNG Chief Justice Arnold Amet Loses Provincial Seat

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National Alliance party MPs losing support from constituencies

By Rosalyn Albaniel-Evara

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, July 31, 2012) – Another high profile minister in the former National Alliance-led (NA) Government has lost his seat in Papua New Guinea (PNG).

Former Chief Justice, Attorney General and Justice Minister Sir Arnold Amet lost his Madang provincial seat in another upset in the 2012 General Elections.

Provincial Returning Officer, Ms. Emily Siamoli declared Mr. Jim Kas as the Governor-elect for Madang, ending the five -year term for the former top judge of the country’s judiciary.

The loss of Sir Arnold is another blow suffered in this election by National Alliance Party – dominant in PNG politics in the last nine years. The party had lost another long term MP in Mr. Arthur Somare for the Angoram Open seat and Mr. Timothy Bonga for the Nawae Open seat.

Their absence in parliament will be felt, and two other people who will be missed in Parliament are former Lae MP Mr. Bart Philemon and Mr. Moses Maladina, former MP for Esa’ala.

Mr. Somare had admitted that he had lost touch with his people in the electorate and as a result, they have abandoned him.

All these men have served their people for two or three terms in Parliament and are experienced politicians.

Sir Arnold lost his seat to former governor and decommissioned Deputy Prime Minister Belden Namah’s PNG Party candidate Mr. Kas.

Mr. Kas was declared as the duly elected Regional MP on the weekend following the final exclusion of People’s National Congress (PNC) Party candidate and strongwoman leader Mary Kamang.

The exclusion saw Mr. Kas collect a total of 5,567 votes to bring his grand total to 62,742 votes to cement his victory.

NA had fielded candidates for all seven seats in the province, three of them sitting MP’s Ben Semri (Middle Ramu Open), John Tongri Hickey (Bogia Open) and Sir Arnold (Madang Regional) and four new candidates including replacements for Goli Buka Malai (Madang Open) and James Gelak Gau (Raicoast Open). The latter two had split from NA to join ranks with Don Pomb Polye to form the Triumph Heritage Empowerment (THE) Party.

Of the all the candidates whom Sir Michael had fielded and campaigned for in Madang, only one came through and that was Mr. Hickey who was returned by the people of Bogia for the third term.

Sir Arnold’s defeat now sees a total of four MP’s in the province who have been ousted and they are Mr. Malai (Madang Open), Mr Semri (Middle Ramu Open), Samson Malcolm Kuli (Usino/Bundi Open) and the incumbent governor for the Madang Regional.

The new team now includes Nixon Phillip Duban (Madang Open), Ken Fairweather (Sumkar Open), Assik Tommy Tomscoll (Middle Ramu), Anton Yagama (Usino/Bundi Open), John Tongri Hickey (Bogia Open), James Gelak Gau (Raicoast Open) and Jim Kas (Madang Regional).

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