Koim Trilu Leahy was declared late Friday bythe Electoral Commission asthe new Lae City Lord Mayor.
Mr. Koim finished with 7,137 votes ahead of former Lord Mayor James Khay, defeating him with a thousand count difference.
Koim’s supporters turned up in numbers asthey welcome his win. His policies inthe LLG elections were basic.
“I want to helpthe community by working closely with youths, mthers and fthers, police personnel, andthe people of Lae City,” says Koim.
The counting andthe declaration might have ended butthe former Lord Mayor toldthe election commission and scrutinizers atthe counting venue that his loss isn’tthe end ofthe battle.
“The game is not over yet,” says Khay.
Khay said he will pursuethe matter inthe court of disputed returns after raising concerns over allegations of voter’s intimidation and tempering of ballot boxes duringthe election and counting.
Meanwhile,the public attention is now on Koim Trilu Leahy to deliverthe needs ofthe six hundred thousand men, women and children in Lae City, but his successes inthese areas will be determined bythe outcome ofthe court of disputed returns if James Khay goes to court.
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