The Grass-root’s Candidate: Will “10 Kilo” be the next EHP Governor?
There’s a grass-root’s revolution happening in Eastern Highlands Province.
Burned by what appears to be a frustration with the educated and elite of the province, and the leadership these men have provided to the province over the years, the people of Eastern Highlands have rallied behind one of their very own – Moses Namagileso – famously and better known as simply, “10 Kilo”.
Moses Namagileso is proving to be a polarizing yet popular figure amongst Eastern Highlanders, with his detractors arguing that EHP needs somebody educated and articulate to represent the people, while he’s supporters highlight the fact that it’s time to try someone different and truly representative of the people – and maybe “10 Kilo” is the answer.
Taking his nick-name from a 10 Kilogram bag of rice, an empty packet of which hangs around his neck in his election poster, “10 Kilo” is doing incredibly well in the race to be the next Governor of Eastern Highlands Province.
Currently, he sits third behind businessman Samuel Si-I and former governor Peti Lafanama – and just in front of Julie Soso, another woman who has a good chance of being elected to our 9th Parliament.
These top four candidates are only separated by 6,000 votes, a very small margin in a provincial seat the size of EHP and under LPV – a margin which can easily be reduced when second and third preference votes come into play.
My Twitter followers would know that I believe the Eastern Highlands Provincial seat to be the hardest seat to win in PNG Election 2012.
(@Tavurvur) July 13, 2012
This is primarily due to the significant number of quality candidates who are standing for the seat – including those leading the race, sitting Member and two term Governor Malcolm “Kela” Smith, and fellow prominent candidates like Malaysian-Chinese Rugby League franchise owner Simon Sia, Kiap Sir Barry Holloway, former top banker Noreo Beangke, and businessmen Phillip Stagg and Jon Yogiyo.
Giving this long list of millionaire businessmen and educated Eastern Highlanders a run for their money is “10 Kilo” – the undisputed underdog. His performance so far has been inspiring.
Maybe the people of Eastern Highlands will heed Moses Namagileso’s advice and traim mangi lo peles (try a young man from the village) – endorsed by the “simple people”.