Sorcery Blamed For Missing Votes In PNG Election Count

Reports from Angoram and Yangoru-Saussia electorates in East Sepik province indicated a recount had been ordered, with various candidates' teams alleging sorcery might have been used to remove ballots from boxes

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, July 19, 2017) – Allegations of sorcery may have forced a recount of votes in some Papua New Guinea electorates.

Reports from Angoram and Yangoru-Saussia electorates in East Sepik province indicated a recount had been ordered, with various candidates' teams alleging sorcery might have been used to remove ballots from boxes.

In Angoram the lead petitioner for the recount was Timothy Yangmari, who claimed his votes were disappearing as the result of sinister forces.

Similarly, in Yangoru, candidates asked pastors and priests to pray over ballot boxes to keep them safe as the counting process in Papua New Guinea's general election inched forward.

At last count in Angoram, the sitting member, Salio Waipo of National Alliance, led the field.

In Yangoru, the sitting member, Trade and Industry Minister Richard Maru of the People's National Congress party, had a big lead.

Nationwide, results have been declared in 21 of the 111 seats in PNG's parliament.

The People's National Congress has won eight, the Pangu Pati has five, and the National Alliance has two.

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