MOMIS CHALLENGED BY HEAVYWEIGHTS
By Aloysius Laukai
Picture Above :Former ABG President James Tanis with incumbent President Chief Dr. John Momis witnessing the nomination of New Bougainville Party candidates today in Arawa.
As of close of nominations for the ABG General Elections this afternoon, nine candidates have registered to challenge Chief DR.JOHN MOMIS for the Presidential seat in this year’s ABG GENERAL ELECTIONS. The nine are NICK PENIAI the ABG Speaker in the first ABG House and also the CEO for the Peace Division until he resigned to contest the ABG Election. An unknown, JUSTIN POKATA KIRA, former BRA leader, SAM KAUONA, PETER NERAU, former Member for Central Bougainville in the National Government, SAM AKOITAI, Catholic church priest, FR. SIMON DUMARINU, former BRA General, ISHMAEL TOROAMA and Bougainville Lawyer, REUBEN SIARA.
According to the order of draw, their ballot papers will have the following numbers.
NICK PENIAI BOX 10, JUSTING POKATA KIRA BOX 11,SAM KAUONA BOX 12,PETER NERAU BOX 13,SAM AKOITAI BOX 14,FATHER SIMON DUMARINU BOX 15,JOHN LAWRENCE MOMIS BOX 16, ISHMAEL TOROAMA BOX 17 and REUBEN SIARA BOX 18.
All candidates have six weeks to campaign before polling which will begin on May 11th, 2015.
WOMEN SHY AWAY FROM THE PRESIDENTIAL SEAT
By Aloysius Laukai
Women of Bougainville have decided to leave the Presidential seat to the men of Bougainville despite all the campaigns to challenge men at the 2015 ABG General elections.
As of the Close of nominations for the ABG General Elections only nine men have nominated for the Presidential seat whilst more women have registered for individual constituencies with no one vying for Bougainville’s top post.
In North Bougainville, Ten women have nominated for the North Bougainville women’s reserved seat to challenge sitting member, ELIZABETH BURAIN who has visited and supported women in all the Constituencies of North Bougainville.
Other women have nominated for the constituencies such as, HONA HOLAN the President of the Bougainville Women’s Federation.
MS. HOLAN has nominated for the HAKU constituency whilst REGINA TSIKOA is contesting the HAGOGOHE seat, SCHOLASTICA MIRIORI is contesting the TSITALATO seat, JOSEPHINE GETSI is contesting the Peit constituency and CICELY LIOTS KEKUN is eying the TONSU seat.
Other women have nominated for the individual seats on mainland Bougainville and their names would be available to us by tomorrow.
In the 2010 ABG General Elections the former ABG member representing the women of Central Bougainville, MAGDALEN TOROANSI contested the Presidential seat which was won by Chief DR. JOHN MOMIS.