28 Jul 2012

New governor for PNG's Morobe

9:32 am on 28 July 2012

Papua New Guinea's Morobe province is to have a new Governor after an independent candidate defeated the incumbent, Luther Wenge, in the general election.

Mr Wenge, who held the position for ten years, has lost his seat to a prominent constitutional lawyer, Kelly Naru, after the count went down to preference votes.

Vote counting in Morobe has taken about three weeks.

Results have now been declared in 77 of the 111 electorates and while writs for the election were due to be returned on Friday, the deadline has been extended until next Wednesday.

Counting continues in some provinces, including the newly created Jiwaka province where no results have been declared yet.

Results are also yet to be announced in the last two provinces to begin polling, Chimbu and Eastern Highlands.

In another upset in a regional seat, local businessman and independent candidate, Kila Haoda, has unseated Governor Alphonse Moroi in Central Province.