AS counting in the Bougainville elections continues, incumbent president Dr John Momis looks headed for a comfortable victory.
With 14,000 votes counted by six o’clock this morning he held an absolute majority over the other eight candidates with 53% of the vote.
Lagging well behind in second place was Ismael Toroama, the hardline former commander of the Bougainville Revolutionary Army (BRA), with 12%.
Next was ex-resistance movement leader Sam Akoitai, a onetime captive of the BRA who murdered several members of his family. In 1994 Akoitai initiated peace talks with the BRA.
In fourth place is another former BRA commander Sam Kauona, who, as a PNG Defence Force soldier, had been trained in explosives by the Australian Army, a skill he put to effective use in the Bougainville civil war.