TARI PORI NUMBERS DONT ADD UP
by GEORGE KERA SMITH
It is no surprise James Marape has retain his seat in the Tari Pori electorate. However, given the circumstance surrounding rumors that the elections in Hela has been rigged, there is now evidence surfacing that speaks volumes. Remember, numbers don't lie.
Recent interview by James Marape announced on EMTV tonight, he himself claimed that he was declared on 50% majority, to be exact 30,192, which means that the total eligible voters for Tari Pori in this 2017 election was about 60,000 plus.
However, looking back on past elections, it appears the numbers don't add up.
In 2007, total eligible voters for Tari Pori was 37,473. He scored 6,147 1st pref votes to win (roughly 12% of the voters).
In 2012, total voters were 40,039 of which he scored 13,661 of 1st preference votes (34% of the total votes). He went on to win with 18,258 after completion of elimination.
From current results, it appears that the total voter population increased by 20,000+ over the last five years. How can this be? It defies all logic. Was there a population boom 20 years ago in Tari that resulted in increased voter population now?
No, not in its entirety. It is now confirmed that possible 12-15,000 ballot papers were floated during the elections in Tari-Pori electorate to James Marape. Electoral commission, the election manager John Tipa, have failed to validate the total ballot papers issued against count.
Secondly, it failed by declaring James Marape as the Winner through the elimination process. The declaration can only be made through 1st preferential counting. The elimination should have been allowed to continue.
Thirdly, we would have expected a drop in total voters since all-around country, there was a shortfall. One would suspect the shortfall of ballot papers might have all accumulated and ended up in some key PNC members electorate.
Fourthly, if this suspicion is true, then there is absolutely true that the same amount of floated ballot papers may have also being marked to current leading PNC candidate in the Hela Regonal - Philip Udialu, who is leading by massive 12-15,000 from its nearest rival - Dr Hewali.
I must admit after looking at this numbers I'm convinced some parts of the country , election has been rigged to favor the current ruling PNC party.
I appeal to candidates, specially Tari Pori to apeal the results in the court of law within 10 working days. Also, scrutineers must ensure there is ballot validation before any declarations are made.