PNG’s new female MP, Loujaya Toni, wants to eradicate poverty

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24th July, 2012

23 JULY 2012 PORT MORESBY (NBC News) —-One of Papua New Guinea’s newly elected female Member of Parliament, Loujaya Toni says her biggest aim is to fulfill the United Nations goal of alleviating poverty.

And, she has pledged to the people of Lae, that she’ll be committed to achieving this goal, during her five-year term in office.

At the same time, she promised to honour God and join the Government of the day and work towards providing a report card to the UN General Assembly by 2015 to say that Lae district is serious in dealing with poverty alleviation.

One of her first priorities would be to develop a biometric data base in Lae to keep an accurate account of its population figures including other important statistics to match development trends.

Toni revealed her priorities in her victory speech after she was declared winner at the Sir Ignatius Sporting complex in Lae.

She polled 7364 votes past the absolute majority vote of 6000 plus to beat runner up, Fred Wak who scored 5842 votes. In the 29th round, the leader of the New Generation Party, Bart Philemon was excluded from the race.

Philemon had been the sitting member for Lae for the last 20 years. NBC News reports that it took a relative and a woman to unseat him under the Preferential Voting System.
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