0204 Update on Chimbu Provincial seat judicial recount

The court-ordered judicial recount for the Chimbu Provincial seat is progressing well at the National Sports Institute facilities in Goroka, Eastern Highlands. The recount commenced on 24 February 2019 and is into its 40th day of counting as of today 3 March 2019.

The National Court has given the PNG Electoral Commission 65 days to have the recount completed.

Recount started on 24 February 2019 with four (4) informal ballot boxes containing informal votes and 13 exhausted boxes containing exhausted ballot papers which were all completed.

Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato said today that the recount is now into the counting of the petitioner Noah Kool’s seven (7) ballot boxes and first respondent Michael Dua’s seven (7) ballot boxes.

“After count 502 last night (2/4/2019), primary count of the ballot papers is 89 percent completed.”

“PNGEC had to recount a total of 283,950 ballot papers for the Chimbu Provincial seat.”

“But as of last night, a total of 251, 853 ballot papers have been counted with only 32,097 ballot papers to count.”

Mr. Gamato confirmed that there are now only three more ballot boxes to be counted – one ballot box for the petitioner Noah Kool and two ballot boxes for the first respondent Michael Dua.

After completion of the primary count, there will be quality checks done before progressing into the elimination or exclusion phase of the recount.

PNGEC so far has about 25 days left to complete the judicial recount and have the results returned to the National Court in Waigani to rectify and officially declare the winning candidate.

Media Consultant

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