0609 Electronic voting for 2022 national election vetted

Constitutional and Law Reform Commission (CLRC) chairman Robert Atiyafa wants electronic votingto be introduced in the 2022 national election.

"The Constitutional and Law Reform Commission will embark on a new law to change the voting system, preferably to adopt an electronic or biometric voting system with secure voter identification." the Henganofi MP and former police minister said.

He made this know while presenting a vehicle to Goroka police this week.

Atiayafa said there were too many problems with the current (manual) voting system.

The said of CLRC said the national identification (PNGNID) program should ensure all citizens were registered on its database before the next general election in 2022.

"With electronic voting, a winner can be announced as soon as polling ends."This saves a lot of resources, time and manpower," he said.

Atiayafa said CLRC would take the lead in vetting election laws in a bid to develop an electronic voting system for the 2022 national election.

"The government has spent K200 million for the PNGNID project but we have only registered 300,000 people," he said.

"There are many yet to be registered. We must get officers to visit every village and register every individual so that the next elections are all-inclusive."

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