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Former Autonomous Bougainville Government President and now peace builder James Tanis has gracefully bowed out of this presidential election as the 18th exclusion during elimination.
Just before the Office of the Bougainville Electoral Commission (OBEC) Returning Officer Peter Wanga instructed the counting officials to distributeTanis’s 10,507 to the remaining six candidates, Tanis was given opportunity to thank his supporters, scrutineers, OBEC, counting officials and every stakeholder who participated in this important democratic process of election.
Tanis reminded those who gathered at the Hutjena United Church counting centre that the elimination process is just for the counting and not for leadership.
“I will still be your leader after this election, I am a peace builder, and there are many opportunities out there for us leaders. I urged you all my supporters and all of us Bougainvilleans to respect the process as we elect our new president,” Tanis said.
Those who have been eliminated already are Bernard Tzilu, Benjamin Muruna, Ruby Mirinka, Magdalene Toroansi, Robert Tulsa, Sione Paasia, Andrew Miriki, Michael Poposan, Samuel Sipanei, Martin Miriori, Patrick Koles, Wesma Piika, Kapeatu Puaria, John Biti Bule, Ruben Siara, Paul Nerau, Samuel Kauona, Nick Peniai and Ruben Siara.
Progressive count so far, Ishmael Toroama leads with 39,081.
He is yet to reach the absolutely majority of 67,489.
Five others still in the race are Simon Dumarinu with 25,863 and Peter Tsiamalili third with 16,637.
Thomas Raivet has moved to fourth with 16,326 Fidelis Semoso on 15,507 and Joe Lera on 11,055.
SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS
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