Image: Arutu Bake and Dadi Toka with supporters from Kirakira Village showing their support and paying for nominations, today in Port Moresby.
Jana Zoriry -EMTV Online, Port Moresby
Landowners in Kirakira village have paid the nomination fees for two of their candidates contesting in the Motu Koita Assembly Elections.
Arutu Bake and Dadi Toka had their nomination fees of K1000 each paid for by their supporters in Kirakira village.
The villagers conducted a wheelbarrow push to raise the funds to pay the fees.
Arutu Bake will be contesting for the Kirakira seat which was also his seat, meanwhile, Dadi Toka who is from Hanuabada, will be contesting for the Motu Koita Assembly Chairman’s post.
Village representative, Pastor Babani Harry explained that the two has shown great leadership potential and have contributed greatly to their community.
“Arutu Bake was first elected as Councillor for Kirakira in 2013. He has delivered above and beyond what was expected over the last 5 years.
“We would like to see him back in the seat to continue his outstanding performance,” adds Harry.
Harry also added that Dadi Toka was a vibrant future for the Motu Koita people as he truly represents both the interest Motuans and Koitabuans.
“This is his first time to run for the Chairman’s seat but he has done over the years in the Motu Koita community speak volumes and indicates he is ready for the role.
“We believe Dadi Toka can reshape our community for a better Motu Koita with a long term vision,” says Harry.
Dadi Toka was overwhelmed by the gesture and says the gesture of other villages mobilising to pay for candidates from other village is rare in the Motu Koita Assembly elections.
Toka added that this was a true display of an emerging and united Motu Koita.
Both candidates will be officially nominated on Saturday (01 September, 2018) after the ‘Issue of Writs’ today.