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Peter Ipatas (Enga, People’s Party) has served as a politician for three terms in the national Parliament and 19 years as provincial governor. He has written: “To many I am known as ‘Action Governor’ a nickname I am very much honoured to be called. My greatest achievement as a politician has been to champion free and quality education”. In 2009 he offended prime minister Somare by questioning why millions of kina were being diverted from provincial governments and going instead to committees that were essentially political pork barreling mechanisms. Last month he savagely criticised the conduct of the election and call on the Electoral Commission to follow up on corrupt practices and address them. Somewhat unusually in PNG for a politician of his longevity, his career has been free of scandal.
Don Polye (Kandep, leader Triumph Heritage Empowerment Party), first elected in 2002, was briefly deputy prime minister from July to December 2010 and has been Foreign Minister and Finance Minister, a position O'Neill relieved him of last February citing "the continuing lack of ability by the department and ministry of finance to contain expenditure overruns outside of the budget appropriations". However he retained the Treasury portfolio, and gained that of Border Development. O'Neill hinted that the finance ministry would eventually be returned to him.
John Pundari (Kompiam-Ambum, People's Party) has been in parliament for 15 years and is Mining Minister. Mr Pundari has been criticised for spending too much time on business activities in Port Moresby and there have been claims of vote rigging in his seat. He was a strong supporter of the Solwara 1 undersea mine which has since run in to trouble with the government.
Nixon Koeka Mangape (Lagaiap-Porgera, Independent) is a major landowner, a partner in Barrack Gold and chairman of the Porgera Development Authority, which is credited with bringing significant infrastructure development to the area. He created some controversy in October last year by paying for a full-page paid advertisement in The National bragging about the benefits he Authority had brought to the region. NP
Robert Sandan Ganim (Wabag, Independent) had the distinction of defeating one time acting prime minister Sam Abal. He is a former correctional services inspector who became a secondary school teacher after graduating from the University of Papua New Guinea. Most recently he was assistant secretary for education in Enga Province and was one of the key players in executing the successful free education policy of Enga Governor Peter Ipatas.
Rimbink Pato (Wapenamanda, United Party) is a colourful lawyer and property investor who has won a seat after a number of attempts. In 2000 the PNG Ombudsman Commission said Pato Lawyers had an alleged conflict of interest by acting for both a vendor (Katingo Pty Ltd) and a buyer (Public Officers Superannuation Fund) in a transaction. It described the arrangement by Pato Lawyers as "dangerous and wrong" and alleged it had given "incorrect advice." It also recommended that the law firm should not act for the State, any government department or other government body, for a period of five years.