Bougainville Votes For Independence
Bougainville referendum commission chairman Bertie Ahern this afternoon read the results of the Bougainville referendum vote.
The results are non binding.
At the Hutjena count centre in Buka and in front of a patient public, observers and the media he announced 176,928 voted for Independence while 3043 voted for Greater Autonomy. There were 1081 informal votes.
Total votes cast was 181, 067 out of 206, 100 registered voters. Various leaders are now making their statements about this historical moment Prime Minister James Marape and ABG President John Momis will make joint statement in Panguna on Friday on a way forward for Bougainville now that the results are out.
The writs will be taken back to Port Moresby tomorrow for presentation to the vice regal on Friday.
All the BRC commissioners signed the writ after the results were read out
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