1901 Ballot papers for 2017 election printed overseas for first time

The 10 million ballot papers for the 2017 national general election will be printed overseas in neighboring Indonesia. Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato confirmed ​this week that this will be done for the first time in history mainly due to the exorbitant printing costs quoted by local PNG-based printing companies including the Government Printer which traditionally prints ballot papers for PNG elections.

“Ballot papers for 2017 elections will be printed at a highly secured facility by the Pura Group located in Kudus which is two hours’ drive from the Central Java city of Semarang, Indonesia.”

Mr. Gamato pointed out that the decision to print ballot papers for 2017 election overseas with Pura Group, a facility which has unquestionable credentials and reputation, after issues on security to printing facilities in PNG became so apparent.

“The results of an evaluation of PNG-based facilities showed that they lacked security, machine capacity, print technology, quality control and above all exorbitant high product costs of printing the ballot papers.”

“We further found that PNG-based printers do not have business conduct policy about their companies and employee integrity; conflict of interest and duties; incidences of inside information; gifts and entertainment; and absence of audit process of management and production.”

He said that the Government Printer which traditional prints ballot papers has quoted its cost to K23 million to print 2017 ballot papers whereas in 2012 it had cost PNGEC K9 million only.

“The awarding of the printing contract was awarded to Treid Pacific Limited; a wholly-owned PNG based local company to supply and deliver from went through a transparent process of public advertisement placed in local newspapers inviting printing companies in 2016.”

Mr. Gamato explained that a thorough process of assessment and evaluation on fundamental of high security, print technology and meeting delivery timelines were considered before it was endorsed by the Specialized General Election Supply and Tenders Board.

“For 2017 elections, PNGEC is printing a total of 10 million ballot papers – 5 million for the provincial electorates and 5 million of open electorates.”

“The 2017 ballot papers have eight hidden security features which I cannot disclose and are only known to me the Electoral Commissioner and the printer.”

Commissioner Gamato said he has dispatched four of his senior officers led by Deputy Commissioner Corporate Services John Kalamoroh last week to Kudus in the Central Java city of Semarang to commence printing of the ballot papers.




ALPHONSE MUAPI
Media Consultant

 

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