2806 PNG National Election 2017 results website now live

A dedicated website for preliminary results of the Papua New Guinea 2017 National Election is now live. The website link is http://results.pngec.gov.pg/ The new website is part of PNGEC’s commitment to improving and modernising our results system, thereby increasing transparency and efficiency.

 All Counting Centers will use computer tablets to record and transmit results and scanned copies of official results forms to the PNGEC as counting is occurring. Counting officials will use the tablets in addition to the official, manual process involving the results forms.

The results will then be verified by the PNGEC using an online verification system, which will compare results data with polling data, including number of voters and number of issued ballots, to ensure the figures are accurate. The PNGEC will not publish any results until they are validated.

These tools will allow the PNGEC to efficiently monitor the counting process for each election, identify and resolve problems or errors in the counting or tabulation of results, and publish verified progressive results on a regular basis to ensure the public is informed on how counting is progressing.

It also means that the public will be able to access more information than in the past, such as progress of polling, progress of counting and progressive results. This information will be available for each election.

When data becomes available, the PNGEC will regularly update the results website.  Following review and verification of data received via the tablets, the PNGEC will release progressive results; during distribution of preferences, progressive totals will be made available after each exclusion.

All published results will be progressive and provisional and are therefore subject to change. Results will not be considered final and official until the signing and return of writs.

As counting is ongoing, the vote totals for each candidate are considered progressive results until a candidate obtains an absolute majority. When counting has completed but the results have not been officially certified and declared through the signing and return of writ, the results are considered provisional.

The PNGEC is operating a Support Desk with trained officials who will provide technical and procedural support to electoral officials as needed.

The website will display polling and results statistics for each electorate through an interactive map of PNG.

  • On the Polling Progress section, for example, you can find:
    • Number of polling teams that have completed polling;
    • Number of polling teams that have arrived at Counting Centres.

       

  • On the Counting Progress section, for example, you can find:
    • A breakdown on how many elections are at each phase of the counting process;
    • Progressive totals for each candidate for each electorate; and
    • The progress of counting, such as how many ballot boxes have been counted per electorate.

 The PNGEC will also inform the public and media about the counting and results process through press releases, media briefings and on Facebook. (https://www.facebook.com/pngecinfo2017).

Key Points

Progressive and Provisional: All published results will be progressive and provisional and are therefore subject to change. Results will not be considered final and official until the signing and return of writs.

Transparency and Efficiency: All Counting Centres will use computer tablets to record and transmit results and scanned copies of official results forms to the PNGEC as counting is occurring. This allows the PNGEC to efficiently verify, aggregate and publish progressive results and regularly provide counting updates on the results website and at the Media Centre to ensure the public is informed on how counting is progressing.

Modernization: The PNGEC is committed to improving and modernizing our results system. The PNGEC is using computer tablets, an online verification system and a results website during this election. These tools allow the PNGEC to monitor the counting process for each election in real time, identify and resolve problems or errors in the counting or tabulation of results, and publish verified results on a regular basis.

Availability of Information: Because of the computer tablets and online verification system, the PNGEC will be able to publish more information than in the past. This includes voter progress of polling, progress of counting and progressive results. This information will be available for each election.

How will results be published or announced?

The PNGEC has set up a results website (http://results.pngec.gov.pg/) and Media Centre to publish progressive and provisional results on a rolling basis until the return of the writs scheduled for July 24.

The PNGEC will also inform the public and media about the counting and results process through press releases, media briefings and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pngecinfo2017).

When will results be published or announced?

The PNGEC will publish results on a rolling basis during the counting period. When data becomes available, the PNGEC will update the results website on a daily basis or more frequently if possible.

Following review and verification of data received via tablets, the PNGEC will release progressive results per election as follows: during the first preference count, progressive totals will be made available every 10 counts; during distribution of preferences, progressive totals will be made available after each exclusion.



ALPHONSE MUAPI
Media Consultant

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