Public Accounts Chairman and Bogia MP, John Hickey, announced that he will not contest the 2017 election.
Mr Hickey announced this yesterday when refuting a newspaper report from last Friday that his electoral officer had instigated violence during a recent organised forum in Bogia.
He said the allegations made against him were unfair as the reporter failed to get his side of the story.
He said some facts in the report were not correct.
“This is pure politics” he said.
Mr Hickey further announced his decision to not contest the 2017 election.
He said he has been in politics for nearly 15 years now, so he has decided not to contest the next election.
Hickey said while in office, he wants to spend more time with the people in his electorate.
“I want to spend the last 18 months of my political life with the people I have grown old with” he said.
When asked about the Manam Resettlement Issue, Mr Hickey said he wants the issue to be solved, but first of all proper consultation must take place.
He said proper survey and land negotiation must take place between the Government, Manam Islanders and the Andorum landowners on whose land the Islanders are going to resettle on.
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