310510 MOMIS LEADS PRESIDIENTIAL RACE
By Tom Kathoa
Papua New Guinea’s former Ambassador to China and long-time politician, Mr. John Momis holds a commanding lead for Bougainville’s top political post of president.
Ambassador Momis is leading the counting in all three regions of Bougainville with incumbent, James Tanis trailing him.
Since counting began a week ago the two leading candidates were going neck and neck, but the tide has stopped with Momis being dominant through out the count in all regions.
There are fifteen more constituencies to be counted, seven in the North, six still to be counted in South Bougainville and two more in Central Bougainville.
A miracle is required if other candidates including the president are to cause any change in the tally count.
President Tanis is reported to have a great support and following on Buka Island where there are six constituencies yet to be counted and this would be a real great test for the president.
The result of the presidential race would be the last seat to be declared.
Meanwhile, election counting officials have been urged to put extra hours of work to ensure counting is completed before the official return of writs on the 9th of June, next Wednesday.
A new government would be sown into office on the fifteenth of June, 2010.