PINA – 06:23 am GMT+12, 23/09/2020, Papua New Guinea
President-elect of the Autonomous Region of Bougainvile Ishmael Toroama has thanked God and the people of Bougainville for the overwhelming support received through the ballot.
In his first statement after being declared President-elect, Toroama revealed his desire to work with the people of Bougainville, regardless of their political affiliations.
He said the win was also for those who did not vote for him, as he is their President now.
“We conduct a clean campaign, we did not give money to the voters and we did not intimidate any voters, people have used their God-given wisdom to vote for the right candidate,” said Toarama.
He vowed to do his best to lead the new crop of leaders of Bougainville to ensure the region achieves its development and political aspirations.
He has also extended an invitation to his political rivals, including Bougainville elites to stand with him in achieving these goals.
President Toroama will make a detailed statement on his aspiration for the Autonomous Region in the House of the representative at a later date.
The duly elected ABG president had maintained his lead since the start of the count and through the 23 exclusions until his declaration this morning.
The former Bougainville Revolutionary Army Commander was declared as the president-elect of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville by the Regional Returning Officer, Peter Wangai after 9am Bougainville time today.
Meanwhile, one of the first leaders to congratulate the new Bougainville President was PNG Prime Minister, James Marape.
“Your win was conclusive and I offer my support to work with you to deliver on my commitments to Bougainville.
“Let me appreciate also the hard efforts of outgoing President, HE Rt Hon Dr John Momis for his undying and untiring efforts for people empowerment both in Bougainville and greater PNG. Your legacies and ideologies will live on, said PM Marape on his official Facebook page, two hours after the announcement.
He also congratulated all who won seats in this Bougainville election.
“Lastly but not the least to the people of Bougainville, thankyou for your peace and serinity as you decided on your government. Looking forward to work with your Leaders including the President, said PM Marape.
No final result of the count have been made public.