BY ALFRED PAGEPITU
WESTERN Province Premier Wayne Maepioh has appealed to voters of Gizo-Kolombangara to respect whoever is announced as the new member of parliament.
Counting begins at 7am in the Western provincial capital town.
On Wednesday, voters polled in the 12 stations around the constituency, and at 7pm stations closed, with boxes sealed to be opened for counting.
Maepioh told Island Sun Gizo yesterday preparatory jobs have been done by Returning Officers (RO), Assistance Returning Officers (ARO) and the election officials.
“I hope all registered voters cast their ballot to elect the newly MP for Gizo/Kolombangara.
“I would like to thank all the electors, supporters, public and voters to maintain peaceful voting in all polling stations within Gizo and Kolombangara Island.
“Police operations and high visibility will continue throughout the constituency and they will work with the election officials at the counting room.”
Maepioh thanked the national government and the electoral commission, the RSIPF and others who have supported and assisted in the by election.