|West Sepik Province|
Sandaun Province in Papua New Guinea
|Country||Papua New Guinea|
|• Governor||Amkat Mai (2012-2013, since 2015)|
|• Total||35,820 km2 (13,830 sq mi)|
|• Density||6.9/km2 (18/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+10 (AEST)|
Sandaun Province is the north-westernmost province of Papua New Guinea. It covers an area of 35,920 km² and has a population of 248,411 (2011 census). The capital is Vanimo. In July 1998 the area surrounding the town Aitape was hit by an enormous tsunami caused by a Magnitude 7.0 earthquake which killed over 2,000 people.
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.
The province was governed by a decentralised provincial administration, headed by a Premier, from 1978 to 1995. Following reforms taking effect that year, the national government reassumed some powers, and the role of Premier was replaced by a position of Governor, to be held by the winner of the province-wide seat in the National Parliament of Papua New Guinea.
|provincial government suspended||1987–1988|
|Amkat Mai||2012–2013, 2015–2017|
Members of the National Parliament
|West Sepik Provincial||Tony Wouwou|
|Aitape-Lumi Open||Patrick Pruaitch|
|Nuku Open||Joe Sungi|
|Telefomin Open||Solan Mirisim|
|Vanimo-Green River Open||Belden Namah|
- National Statistical Office of Papua New Guinea
- May, R. J. "8. Decentralisation: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back". State and society in Papua New Guinea: the first twenty-five years. Australian National University. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
- "Provinces". rulers.org. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
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