NATIONAL Alliance candidate Peter Isoaimo has won the Kairuku-Hiri by-election, scoring 20,792 votes to beat PNC candidate and former MP Paru Aihi on 17,699 votes.
He was declared at the PNGIPA counting centre yesterday. Mr Isoaimo, who will now become the first NA MP for the
Southern region, has won a successful court petition against Mr Aihi’s election after the 2012 A elections. The court ordered a by-election, resulting in his victory yesterday.
NA founder Sir Michael Somare, party leader and Forest Minister Patrick Pruaitch and party executives were present
to witness the declaration.