Newly elected Member for South Bougainville, Timothy Masiu, is eligible to vote in today’s Vote of No Confidence following his swearing in yesterday.
Masiu is a member of Ben Micah’s People’s Progress Party on the opposition side of the house.
He admitted he was coming into parliament at a difficult time, but pledged to remain committed to his party.
The return of writs for the South Bougainville by-election was done yesterday at Government House in Port Moresby.
Electoral Commissioner, Patilias Gamato, said it was a successful by-election carried out with the government’s support of K2.5 million.
Masiu was declared the winner on July 4 after beating 11 other candidates. He paid tribute to the late Steven Pirika Kama, adding he would complete the work started by the late MP.
Governor for Milne Bay, and Deputy leader of PPP, Titus Philemon, congratulated and welcomed Masiu on behalf of the party.
Masiu was then sworn into office by Speaker of Parliament, Theo Zurenuoc, at parliament’s State Function Room.
This means he is now eligible to vote in the much anticipated Vote of No Confidence today.