MORE than 370 ward councillors and 18 presidents took their oaths of office last Friday in Wabag, Enga, following the local level government (LLG) elections.
Senior provincial magistrate Wialu Sakatao officiated at the ceremony for the councillors and presidents from the Wabag, Wapenamanda, Kompiam-Ambum and Lagaip-Porgera districts.
The Tsak LLG did not take part in the ceremony after the president’s seat was declared a failed election by Electoral Commissioner Andrew Trawen.
However, the LLG’s ward councillors were sworn in as polling and counting were completed without any problems.
Kandep district’s ward and Kandep local level governments also did not take part in the ceremony after they did not conduct polling because of widespread tribal conflict in the district.
Governor Peter Ipatas, who witnessed the ceremony, told the newly elected councillors and presidents at the Messiah Gutnius Lutheran Church in Wabag to put aside their political differences and work with him to provide leadership in the community.
“You have been given the mandate by the people to live with them and provide leadership.
“Don’t leave the people and go looking around for money in towns,” he said.
Ipatas also thanked provincial government and Electoral Commission officials who were involved in the successful elections.
“I am happy to acknowledge the work of the provincial election steering committee led by provincial administrator Dr Samson Amean, provincial police commander Supt Philip Welia, provincial election manager Henry Kiakas and all the election officials for a job well done,” he said.
According to Electoral Commission, supplementary elections would be held for the LLGs that had been failed