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National Alliance blown away at the polls

THE National Alliance’s hopes of forming the next government took a heavy blow when two of its key political tacticians failed to get re-elected yesterday.

The first was Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare’s son Arthur, who lost his Angoram open seat to businessman and Pangu Pati candidate Ludwig Schulze, who polled 11,800 votes.
Somare finished second with 10,624 votes.

Joining the three-term MP on the scrap-heap was East Sepik Governor Peter Wararu Waranaka, who lost the Yangoru-Saussia open seat to former National Development Bank boss Richard Maru.

Wararu polled 10,241 votes after the 25th elimination while Maru, an independent, received 13,121 votes.
After his declaration at 5pm yesterday, Maru thanked the election officials and security personnel for delivering the elections for Yangoru-Saussia.

Maru also thanked the people for the confidence they had in electing him.
He said he had no time to waste but to be in government from day one in order to deliver services to the people of Yangoru-Saussia.

He said he would also mobilise like-minded Sepik leaders in the next few days and talk about how they would perform in the next five years.
“We know that East Sepik does not have oil and gas but, in 2014, we must see blessings. Let us talk and forge a team to take on the new Yangoru-Saussia, new East Sepik and new PNG.
“We are tired of Sepik leaders becoming backbenchers. We want to be in government from day one,” Maru said.