26 May 2010

Ten percent of Bougainville seats declared so far

12:48 pm on 26 May 2010

Four seats have so far been declared in the elections for the autonomous government in the Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville.

Two weeks of polling for the 41-seat legislature finished last Friday.

The Post Courier's reporter in Bougainville, Gorethy Kenneth, says early in the count in the seven-way contest for the Presidency, the incumbent James Tanis is leading in south and central Bougainville.

But she says the former Governor, John Momis, has established a substantial lead in north Bougainville which is the largest part of the province's electorate.