‘Vibrant’ Belden Namah Victorious in Vanimo-Green
Polarizing incumbent Deputy Prime Minister and PNG Party Leader, Belden Namah, has retained his Vanimo-Green River Open seat.
After a slow start which had some suggesting he was in danger of not being returned to the Haus Tambaran, Namah managed to win the required absolute majority of 7175 votes early this morning at 3:30am. He beat Independent Willie Inaru who ended with 4588 votes.
Belden Namah is the 5th PNG Party candidate to win a seat, and is the 51st Member to be declared.
Dorothy Tekwie, leader of the PNG Greens Party and who many thought had a chance to push Namah to the end, fizzled out a disappointing 6th on 1648 votes.
Here’s video footage of Belden Namah’s supporters going wild in Vanimo-Green, and of Belden Namah himself celebrating his win: