ENB talk on nominees/Post Courier
By PORENI UMAU
The 2012 general election nominations will close tomorrow, giving way for the election campaigns to begin.
Already the guessing, tipping and personal views on who should be the next open member or the regional member to lead their people in this unique province have begun.
The East New Britain Regional Seat currently held by sitting MP Leo Dion has drawn public opinion that he will retain his seat. But the game has just begun and not entered the second half. The preferential voting system can swing in anyone’s favour with 13 contestants, including Mr Dion for the seat. One senior statesman Sir John Kaputin is on the comeback trail. The street has its own gossip and with the reins tightened to begin the race, he already nominated last Saturday to confirm his stance for the seat. Among 13, only one will come out winner, so hold your breaths, whisper your last prayers and vote your leader. The Kokopo Open seat is wide open with the untimely loss of late Patrick Tammur. This has drawn almost 28 contestants to join the race. Urged by their church members, clans, or the public, these contestants are up for the top post. Albert Buanga, the town mayor, is also eyeing the post. Others have tipped Andrew Diu Yamai to come out winner but among the many, James Wong is a wildcard on the hearts of many to lead his people. But the election ripples have just begun and only one contestant will sail through. Gazelle Open has introduced 20 contestants, including current MP Malakai Tabar who nominated this week with 72 vehicles bringing his supporters along. This is a record as far as vehicle convoy is concerned, but Warangoi’s son, Sinai Brown is out to seek revenge and should be another to watch. But like they say, among the Goliaths, there is a David and on the lips of the Kerevat Township is Jelta Wong, a young vibrant leader also new to the game but a master of his own art. Play your cards right and vote in your true leader you hold in your heart. In Rabaul, the volcano ash is set to lift up with current MP Dr Allan Marat out to defend his seat. This race has brought in 10 contestants to the starting line, including Dr Marat. One-time PNG athlete Takale Tuna will have to have enough steam to lure voters to last this race.