1611 K20,000 to file election petitions after 2017 polls

Aggrieved candidates after the conduct of the 2017 national elections will have to dig deeper into their pockets to file their elections petitions in the Court of Disputed Returns to challenge the election outcomes of winning candidates. This follows the increase in filing fees for election petitions from the current K5000 to K20,000 approved by the National Executive Council.

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1611 First Anniversary today for Gamato as Electoral Commissioner

Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato today quietly celebrated his first anniversary since his appointment as Electoral Commissioner of Papua New Guinea 12 months ago. Members of the senior management team and advisers from PNGEC's international partners were invited to join Mr. Gamato to for the quiet celebration at his conference room.

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1411 National Logistics Plan put in place for 2017 natel

PNG Electoral Commission is currently putting in place a national logistics plan and procurement management process for the 2017 elections with the assistance of Australian DFAT and New Zealand DFAT. It is going to be the master plan for the procurement and distribution of election materials across the country during the elections.

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1411 Final printed rolls expected by end of March 2017

Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato says he would like to expect the final Electoral Roll for the 2017 elections to be completed and printed by the end of March 2017. Mr. Gamato said he should expect all the 22 provinces to complete their field work in enrolling eligible voters by mid December or before Christmas Day 2016.

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1411 Gamato takes hardline position on conduct of 2017 polls

Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato has issued a stern warning that he will take a hard-line position on the behavior all election officials in the conduct of the 2017 national election. He made this known at the third election managers and assistant election managers workshop in Mt. Hagen, Western Highlands Province, last week.

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0211 Nomination Fee increased, Campaign Period reduced

The nomination fee for candidates in the 2017 national election has been increased from the current K1,000 to K10,000 while the campaign period of eight weeks has been reduced by half to four weeks. These are among few legislative changes to election laws that were seriously deliberated on and approved by the National Executive Council (Cabinet).

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