ENGA provincial election steering committee chairman Samson Amean has thanked government authorities for their contribution in ending the local level government elections with little problems.
Amean, who is also provincial administrator, said although the Electoral Commission had failed election for the president’s seat in Tsak LLG while Kandep district did not conduct polling due to the ongoing tribal conflict, he was happy that the relevant parties involved in the elections worked together to end the election on an encouraging note.
He commended Governor Peter Ipatas for approving more than K1 million to assist the Electoral Commission complete counting.
“It has been a difficult two months of elections but I am happy that certain government authorities have done more than expected to minimise problems.
I would particularly like to thank our governor for approving more than K1million to see the elections through without serious setbacks,” he said.
Amean said Electoral Commissioner Andrew Trawen and other senior government authorities in the national government including Chief Secretary Sir Manasupe Zurenuoc deserved praise for exercising maturity in making responsible decisions in the interest of the people during counting and declarations to prevent serious problems.
“On the same note, I would like to thank the provincial police commander Superintendent Philip Welia and his men and women, provincial election officials and the village leaders for working together to minimise problems during polling and counting periods,” he said.
Trawen commended Enga provincial authorities last Friday when receiving the writs for 371 council wards and presidential seats from assistant returning officer Jacob Kiponge for their assistance in completing the elections without much problem.