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June 21, 2021
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The former Governor for Hela Province, Francis Potape has called on the people of Hela Province to maintain peace as the province undergoes an election recount of its provincial heat.

Speaking to the media in Port Moresby, Potape said he wants the people to allow this process to run smoothly as the future of the province depends on it.

“I am calling on other leaders in the province to remain neutral during this time. It is important to let this process run smoothly,” Mr Potape said.

The decision to recount the Hela Provincial seat was made last month in Goroka after Mr Potape filed an election petition. The petition was over alleged errors and omissions on the part of the PNG Electoral Commission during the 2017 National Election. Out of two petitions, the National Court ordered for a judicial recount while dismissing Potape’s relief of having him declared as Governor.

“I am also appealing to the Election officials and the security forces to remain neutral during this time also. People must stay away from the counting area, and let this process finish without any interference,” Potape said.

Work on the election recount as already begun with counting officials and a new returning officer already in Tari. A result is expected to be announced before the end of the month.

By Stanley Ove Jnr, EMTV News, Port Moresby

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