MONDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE
NOOSA – The nineteenth elimination count in the Bougainville presidential election was completed this afternoon with the candidate who has led throughout, Ishmael Toroama, maintaining a significant lead.
Toroama is still more than 13,000 votes ahead of the second-placed candidate Fr Simon Dumarinu, while former Bougainville president James Tanis found himself eliminated.
Dumarinu has increased his lead over the next group of candidates – Tsiamalili, Raivet, and Semoso – to 11,000.
The trend in voting now is well established and with an absolute majority of 66,096 required, it will require a huge change in the way preferences are distributing to see Toroama overcome.
Progressive results after the nineteenth elimination count this afternoon are:
Ishmael Toroama – 41,668
Simon Dumarinu – 28,120
Peter Tsiamalili – 17,302
Thomas Raivet – 17,106
Fidelis Semoso – 16,069
Joe Lera – 11,924