1005 Chief Secretary Lupari explains draw down of election funds

Chief Secretary to Government Ambassador Isaac Lupari says the draw down of K400 million in election funds is on target. He said that to facilitate the smooth and timely drawn of funds, two separate trust accounts have been created - one for PNG Electoral Commission to drawn its K279 million and the other for security agencies to draw down their K121 million for election security operations.

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0905 Preparations for polling in progress, says Gamato

Preparations for polling and counting are underway while campaigning by candidates is progressing well. Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato says the Commission is now preparing for polling which commences on June 24 and counting which will be conducted soon after polling ends on July 8.

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3004 Preliminary figures show 3332 candidates nominate to contest

Preliminary candidate nomination figures show that 3332 candidates have nominated to contest the 2017 National Election. Out of the 3332 candidates, 165 women candidates have nominated nationwide to contest the male dominated race for Parliament. A total of 3343 candidates contested the 2012 election including 135 females.

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2704 Seven people with legal issues cleared to nominate and contest

Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato today made separate decisions on seven intending candidates who required clearance to nominate and contest the 2017 National Election. This is after various lawyers of intending candidates and candidates sought clearance from the Electoral Commissioner to nominate and contest various seats in the country.

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2504 Political Parties allowed to endorse one candidate per electorate

Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato says political parties are allowed by law to endorse only one candidate to contest in one electorate and not more than one candidate. This follows scenarios during the nomination period this week where political parties have been cited for endorsing more than one candidate in an electorate.

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2004 2017 National Election program begins with issue of 111 writs

The 2017 National Election is on. Governor General His Excellency Bob Dadae signed and issued the 111 election writs for 89 Open electorates and 22 Provincial electorates to signal the official commencement of the 2017 election program. Nominations also opened which saw a number of sitting MPs and new candidates nominating to contest the 2017 election.

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