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.

Mr. Lupari said that the PNGEC trust account is being looked after by the Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato while the security forces trust account is taken care of by the Police Commissioner Gari Baki.

"So far a warrant of K141 million has been issued and a total of K86 million has been released to PNGEC as cash."

"K43 million has already been committed by PNGEC while K56 million is still sitting in the PNGEC trust account."

The Chief Secretary said that for election security operations K18 million has been drawn down with K8 million already dispersed for mobilization by the Police, Defense and Correction Services while K10 million is sitting in the trust account.

"By every week, Treasury and Finance Departments should release K10 million to K20 million into the trust accounts to complete the draw down of the K400 million election funds."

"The issue now is management of these funds to ensure there's visibility and accountability of public funds to ensure this money is used properly and is accounted for."

"The team (IDEC) will be for the first time produce a report to parliament on how the election funds were applied or used."

Mr. Lupari said that IDEC which he is the chairperson is working closely with PNGEC, Police, PNG Defense Force and Correctional Services to ensure the monies are spent properly.

"PNGEC and security personnel are fully funded for the 2017 National Election. There are no cash flow problems faced by the government."




ALPHONSE MUAPI
Media Consultant


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