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.

Addressing the media after the third Inter-Departmental Election Committee (IDEC) meeting today, the Electoral Commissioner said that polling schedules have already been finalized and are now with the Government Printer for printing and gazettal.

He said that the electoral roll will be completed at the end of this month (May) and certified for print and will be distributed to all the electorates nationwide early next month (June).

Mr. Gamato said that PNGEC will require about 30,000 temporary electoral workers as polling and counting officials.

"Election materials ordered overseas like plastic seals and indelible ink are already here in the country."

"Ballot boxes and voting compartments are produced locally and will be purchased in-country."

In terms of the movement of election materials, Mr. Gamato said the PNG Defense Force and the Australian Defense Force are working closely with PNG Electoral Commission to dispatch election materials throughout the country.

He said that so far a total of 15 international and domestic election observers have registered to observe the conduct of the 2017 National Election, adding that the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has been approached to coordinate election observation which they have agreed to do so.

"I'm happy so far that PNGEC is in advance preparations to deliver a free, fair and safe election to the people of Papua New Guinea."




ALPHONSE MUAPI
Media Consultant


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