1701 Submission of candidate bio-data extended

Intending candidates for the 2017 national general election have been given an extension of one month to come forward and submit their bio-data by filling the candidate bio data form or Form 29. Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato made the decision this week to give intending candidates and political parties until February 28.

The current due date for the submission of candidate bio-data expires at the close of business today, January 17, 2017 but that has now been further extended to the end of February.

“The one month extension will allow more intending candidates to mobilize themselves and come forward to fill Form 29 and submit it with four passport sized photos.”

Mr. Gamato said PNGEC is expecting more than 4,000 candidates in the 2017 elections and there would not be enough time to generate candidate posters, have them printed and dispatched to the 6,000 plus polling places nationwide.

“This is in the light of the proposed legislative amendments to the election laws that will see the campaign period reduced from two months to one month.”

He said that what PNGEC will do is that straight after the close of nominations, the Commission will proceed with the production of candidates’ posters.

Candidates’ posters will be used inside polling booths with candidates’ photos and candidates’ code numbers issued after the order of draw.

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“With the possible reduction of the campaign period down to four weeks, PNGEC has a mammoth task of producing the candidates’ posters within one month and have them distributed nationwide before polling started.”




ALPHONSE MUAPI
Media Consultant

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