Members of the People’s Progress Party were endorsed by New Ireland Chiefs or Maimais, to run for New Ireland Regional and Open Seats in the 2017 elections.
Their endorsement coincided with the launching of the party’s annual provincial convention last week and the initiation of PPP’s newest member,Timothy Masiu.
In yet another traditional ritual, the three members were endorsed by maimais representing Kavieng and Namatanai District.
Running for the Kavieng Open Seat is current Kavieng MP, Ben Micah and New Ireland Governor,Sir Julius Chan.
Byron Chan will be contesting for re-election into the Namatanai Open seat.
Micah and Byron Chan have reconciled traditionally with the exchange of mis (traditional shell money) and pigs. This follows Micah and Sir Chan’s divisive move to opposition early this year.
The party also recognized South Bouganville MP, Timothy Masiu’s latest membership by way of bestowing mis and presentation of two pigs.
Similarly former B.R.A commander Sam Kauona, now a PPP supporter, was acknowledged for his ongoing fight for the rights of Papua New Guineans in mineral ownership since the Bougainville crisis; a fight Byron Chan now pursues in his shoes as Mining Minister.
The party looks to hosts its national convention either in Milne Bay or Lae. Dates are yet to be finalised.