Don Polye Blitzes Kandep – 27 Rivals Left on Zero Votes
Don Polye, leader of Trumph Heritage Empowerment Party (THE), and current Member for Kandep Open, has successfully retained his seat in Papua New Guinea Election 2012.
As I predicted, the popular Engan leader repeated his pioneering feat in the 2007 Election, by winning on primary votes – again. Polye polled 23,952 votes, surpassing the required absolute majority of 22,200 votes under Limited Preferential Voting (LPV).
He becomes the second elected MP after Ialibu-Pangia’s Peter O’Neill to be elected on primary votes so far, and will most likely be the last, with only Bulolo’s Sam Basil and Mt Hagen’s William Duma having any chance of coming close to claiming a 50% + 1 majority on the primary vote – a difficult achievement in the PNG context.
Counting in Kandep Open has started and THE Party leader Don Polye is off to a cracker of a start. He will win on primary votes too #PNG—
(@Tavurvur) July 06, 2012
What makes Polye’s achievement even more astonishing is the extent in which he dominated Kandep Open. Of the 59 candidates he stood against, Polye beat second-placed and long standing rival Alfred Manase by 11,000 votes.
In addition, 47 of those 59 candidates – or 80%, scored less than 10 votes each; with 12 candidates only able to attract one vote apiece, and 27 recording an incredible zero votes – which must be a record in itself.
Furthermore, out of a total of 47,841 votes cast, only 128 informal votes – or .03% – were recorded. This, again, is an astounding achievement and indicates that the people of Kandep are most likely the country’s most educated when it comes to LPV.
Last week, these odd figures caught my attention – and back then, 39 candidates were still sitting on zero votes apiece. Although that figure has ‘improved’, one has to question the possibility of how 27 candidates ended up with zero percent of the primary vote.
Strange statistics in Kandep. 30% of all votes counted. Don Polye leads on 8546 votes. 48 candidates have < 5 votes with 39 on 0 votes #PNG—
(@Tavurvur) July 09, 2012
Did they, their wives, children and families not even cast one primary vote in their favor? How did 27 contesting candidates not vote for themselves once, and if they did, then all 27 must have registered an informal vote each.
These are difficult statistics to logically accept, and should warrant at the least, an explanation from the Kandep Open returning officer and PNG Electoral Commissioner Andrew Trawen.