He is former Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) officer, Andrew Manepora’a.
Mr Manepora’a was
declared the winner after the completion of counting at 4.30pm in Auki
Governor General Sir
Frank Kabui late yesterday officially made the declaration.
It was a landslide
victory for Mr Manepora following Wednesday’s by election.
He polled total votes of
2157 ahead of runner up Alick Ha’apio who got the support of 1228.
Statesman and former
Prime Minister, Sir Peter Kenilorea settled at the third place with only 460
votes while former broadcaster and businessman, Claudius Horiwapu collected 150
A total of 4004 voters
casted their votes from the 6551 registered voters.
Nine votes were treated
as invalid during the counting.
Donald Anga said the counting went smoothly and according to procedure.
He said not many people
from the constituency turned up to hear the result because it was held far from
However, he thanked all
the people of East Are’Are for making it to the polls to select a leader.
The seat was left vacant
last December after former MP Andrew Hanaria lost an election petition case
filed against him by losing candidates who contested the August 2010 national
Mr Hanaria was not
allowed to re-contest the by election under the Electoral Commission laws.
The North Malaita seat
winner was known earlier yesterday.
Vika Lusibaea created history in the male-dominated society of Malaita and North Malaita with a landslide victory.
By Eddie Osifelo
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