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ELECTORAL COMMISSION LAUNCHES ITS NEW-LOOK WEBSITE AND ELECTRONIC ELECTORAL ROLL LOOK-UP PAGE

Eligible voters throughout Papua New Guinea will now be able to look-up their enrolment details on the electronic Electoral Roll Look-up page on the new-look PNG Electoral Commission’s website unlike before – the first of its kind for the Commission and PNG.

This follows the official launching of PNGEC’s new-look website today at the PNGEC headquarters in Port Moresby by the Chief Secretary to Government and Chairman of the Inter-Departmental Election Committee (IDEC) Ambassador Isaac Lupari.

The event was witnessed by members of IDEC, PNGEC senior management and staff of the Commission as well as PNGEC's international technical assistance partners – International Federation of Election Systems (IFES) and the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC).

IDEC members included Secretary for Treasury Dairi Vele, Secretary for Finance Ken Ngangan, Secretary for Personnel Management John Kali, Secretary for Provincial & Local Government Affairs Dickson Guina, Police Commissioner Gari Baki, Correctional Services Commissioner Michael Waipo, PNGDF Commander Gilbert Toropo and National Broadcasting Corporation Managing Director Kora Nou.

“PNGEC’s website has been off for the last four years soon after the 2012 national general election but is now back on and I give full credit to the dedication shown by my team of ICT officers and other staff from awareness branch, media unit and enrolment section who did a tremendous job in redesigning the website and giving it a new-look.”

 “The new-look PNGEC website and especially the electronic Electoral Roll Look-up page is the first of its kind and indeed a milestone achievement for the Commission,” said an elated Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato.

Electors can now log in on PNGEC website (www.pngec.gov.pg) and check their names, details and locations anytime and anywhere via personal computers, mobile phones and tablets as long as they have internet access or connectivity.

 “It’s important that citizens of voting age know their status at this crucial time period leading up to the 2017 elections and the Commission is doing all it can to facilitate that unlike before,” he said.

Mr. Gamato added that PNGEC will be conducting a nationwide roll update exercise in the coming months and it was important that eligible voters knew their status.

“I would like to advise eligible voters that the Roll Look-up page on PNGEC’s website is for the purpose of voters checking their names only.”

“For registration purposes, in the case of new enrolments or amendments of details by existing electors, they are to visit their respective provincial electoral offices for more information,” he said.

Mr. Gamato also informed electors that PNGEC has its information resource centre on the ground floor of its Hohola headquarters which the public may visit during business hours to check their names on the electoral roll via the PNGEC website.

He outlined the Roll Lookup Steps are as follows:

Click on the “Information Resource Centre

  1. On the “Roll Lookup Menu
  2. Click on “Read More
  3. And then fields for “Last Name” and “First Name” will appear
  4. Enter Last Name which is mandatory then click on “SEARCH”

The Electoral Commissioner pointed out that PNGEC could not be able to carry out the nationwide roll update exercise earlier as per its annual activity plans due to funding issues.

He, however, said that PNGEC can now get some work on updating the roll going following the announcement by Prime Minister Peter O’Neill in Parliament last week for the release of about K10 million through the Central Agencies Coordinating Committee (CACC).

PNGEC had requested a total of K192 million from the National Government for the electoral roll update exercise throughout the country.

Meanwhile, the total number of persons enlisted on PNG’s Electoral Roll for the 2012 general election and 2013 LLG elections was 4,776,096 million against a national population of 7.1 million as per the 2011 national census figures. The 2007 Roll contained a total of 3,938,839 million eligible voters.

“The enrolment culture in PNG of getting as many names on the roll as possible is difficult to counter as many people are quite willing to sign false declarations thus making it difficult to keep control of enrolment numbers.”

“However, with my decision to decentralize the roll update exercise in the provinces, districts and wards the Commission can be able to counter some of those problems faced in the past and come up with a credible roll for the 2017 elections,” Gamato said.

He said the first phase of the roll update exercise which is roll cleansing by each of the provinces has been completed - roll cleansing involved the removal of ghost names, duplicates and multiple entries, deceased plus underage voters.

Mr. Gamato explained that possible removals were done as per judgments by the Election Managers who are the Provincial Returning Officers during roll cleansing.

“The next phase is the display of the cleansed roll in the provinces, districts and wards for viewing by electors during the roll update exercise which is expected to start soon.”

“By law, all roll update activities cease when writs for a general election are issued. Writs for the 2017 national and LLG elections will be issued by the Governor General on 20 April 2017,” Gamato said.

In the meantime, PNGEC will continue to work diligently to update the country’s electoral roll and requests the commitment of all citizens of voting age to confirm their voter information/details.

 

APPROVED FOR RELEASE BY:

Wednesday 15th June, 2016

​PATILIAS GAMATO, ML
Electoral Commissioner

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