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New MP for Shortlands

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The Shortland islands has a new Member of Parliament (MP).

He is Christopher Laore, who was official declared the winner after counting successfully ended in Gizo last night.

Mr Laore made a landslide victory outclassing former MP Augustine Taneko who trailed in the second position.

The results were formally declared last night in by the Returning Officer (RO) for the constituency Stanley Mackenzie.

Confirming the results to the Governor General Sir Frank Kabiu last night Mr Mackezie said, “I am pleased to advice you that Christopher Laore received more votes than other nominated candidates contesting the election and was therefore the successful candidates for Shortland constituency election.

Christopher Laore polled 1353, former MP Augustine Taneko polled 731, Pellion Buare 111 and Joseph Isand Pitu only managed 1.

Upon receiving the results it is understood the Sir Frank had gazetted the results.

Counting was held yesterday starting 1pm at the Gizo police station under tight security and was successfully concluded just around 8pm last night.

Shortlands has 9 polling stations.

A total of 2200 registered voters cast their votes on Wednesday and four have been rejected.

The new MP is the brother of former MP the late Steve Laore who passed away last year after being elected MP in August.

Up until entering the politics Mr Laore was the Director of Rehabilitation Services at the National Referal Hospital, Ministry of Health and Medical Services.

He is a physiotherapy by profession and had support many sports team in the country.

He resigned from the government to contest the election.

Reports said the election in Shortland followed by counting Gizo went smoothly without much disruption.

Meanwhile results for Baegu/Asifelo is expected to be known today.

By MOFFAT MAMU