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Sandaun Province
West Sepik Province

Sandaun Province
Sandaun Province
Location within Papua New Guinea

Coordinates: 3°40′S 141°30′E / 3.667°S 141.500°E / -3.667; 141.500

Country Papua New Guinea
Capital Vanimo
 • Governor Akmat Mai 2012-
 • Total 36,300 km2 (14,000 sq mi)
Population (2000)
 • Total 185,790
Time zone AEST (UTC+10)

Sandaun Province, officially West Sepik Province, is the north-westernmost province of Papua New Guinea. It covers an area of 36,300 km² and has a population of 185,741 (2000 census). The capital is Vanimo. In July 1998 the area surrounding the town Aitape suffered from an enormous tsunami in which killed over 2,000 people in total.

Districts and LLGs

There are four districts in the province. Each district has one or more Local Level Government (LLG) areas. For census purposes, the LLG areas are subdivided into wards and those into census units.[1]

District District Capital LLG Name
Aitape-Lumi District Aitape East Aitape Rural
East Wapei Rural
Aitape Urban
West Aitape Rural
West Wapei Rural
Nuku District Nuku Nuku Rural
Palai Rural
Yangkok Rural
Maimai Wanwan Rural
Telefomin District Telefomin Namea Rural
Oksapmin Rural
Telefomin Rural
Yapsie Rural
Vanimo-Green River District Vanimo Amanab Rural
Bewani-Wutung-Onei Rural
Green River Rural
Vanimo Urban
Walsa Rural

Members of the National Parliament

The province and each district is represented by a Member of the National Parliament. There is one provincial electorate and each district is an open electorate. The following table lists Members before and after the 2007 general election.

Electorate Previous member (party) 2007 winner (party)
West Sepik Provincial Carlos Yuni (Independent) Simon Solo (NA) [2]
Aitape-Lumi Open Patrick Pruaitch (NA) Patrick Pruaitch (NA) [3]
Nuku Open Andrew Kumbakor (PANGU) Andrew Kumbakor (PANGU) [4]
Telefomin Open Atimeng Buhupe (NA) Peter Iwei (PDM) [5]
Vanimo-Green River Open Philip Inou (PAP) Belden Namah (NA) [5]


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