Polye wins PNG recount

2:54 pm on 10 October 2016

Papua New Guinea's opposition leader, Don Polye, has won a recount in his Kandep constituency which he had won in 2012.

Papua New Guinea opposition leader Don Polye.

Papua New Guinea opposition leader Don Polye. Photo: Supplied

The recount was ordered by the Supreme Court after a stalled trial and a series of appeals by the runner-up, Alfred Manase.

Mr Manase claimed the 2012 election process was unfair because of Mr Polye's influence over the former Electoral Commissioner and the local returning officer.

The Post Courier reports that the recount shows Mr Polye won 22,860 votes while Mr Manase polled 15,365 votes.

The Enga police commander George Kaskas says he was worried and expecting worse but everything turned out well because of the understanding established by each stakeholder prior to the recount.

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