1411 Final printed rolls expected by end of March 2017

Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato says he would like to expect the final Electoral Roll for the 2017 elections to be completed and printed by the end of March 2017. Mr. Gamato said he should expect all the 22 provinces to complete their field work in enrolling eligible voters by mid December or before Christmas Day 2016.

“The month of January should be used only for any flow-over but only for those big provinces. February should be the month for Roll Display and Objections,” the Electoral Commissioner said.

He said the Roll Update exercise which is a crucial part of the electoral process is currently going on in all the provinces where new electors, provisional, deceased, ghost and underage are flagged for deletion.

Mr. Gamato said after field work in gathering elector data is completed, the data captured on the Claim for Enrolment Form (Form 11) will be returned to the provincial headquarters at the data processing centre for data entry.

He said PNGEC’s ICT team has completed training of six personnel and they are expected to travel to provinces in the coming weeks to start setting up computer systems for data processing.

“As Election Managers and Assistant Election Managers, you must closely monitor these activities and get directly involved and ensure that the data entry process is progressing well and properly,” Gamato said.

He made the call following issues and discrepancies that were picked up during the data entry process for the three enrolment pilot projects in Alotau, Rigo and Kokopo.

Mr. Gamato urged all the Election Managers and Assistant Election Managers to engage themselves with Returning Officers and Assistant Returning Officers as well as Data Processing Supervisors to quickly address discrepancy issues before the data are uploaded onto the electoral roll database.

Meanwhile, the Electoral Commissioner has instructed his deputy in charge of election administration Simon Sinai, with the support of technical advisors from the International Federation of Election Systems (IFES) and the Australian Electoral Commission, to start work on the Roll Objection Process.

“I want to see that those provinces that complete their data processing early must publish their Rolls and display them for objections.”

“I want the objection period to be shorter. The objection period can be one month, but if the issues are genuine and can be fixed within a week or less period,” Gamato said.

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