12 Nominate to Contest South Bougainville By-election
A total of 12 candidates have nominated to contest the South Bougainville Open by-election when nominations closed at 4pm yesterday (Thu 2 June 2016). The all male field of candidates have various backgrounds and educational qualifications which include engineering, accounting, media, military and teaching. Runner-up in the 2012 national elections and journalist Timothy Masiu is running again for South Bougainville seat.
Nominations Coming in Slowly for South Bougainville By-election
Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato says so far five candidates have nominated to contest the South Bougainville by-election. He said nominations have been coming in very slowly since the writ was issued last Thursday (26 May 2016) but he believes intending candidates are weighing their chances of winning before they nominate.
12 Months Anniversary Rule and By-elections
By law, the PNG Electoral Commission must conduct by-elections to fill vacancies in the National Parliament and Local-level Governments that fall due before 27 July 2016, says Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato. Any vacancies that occur after 27 July 2016 cannot be filled. This, he said, is to comply with the 12 months anniversary rule as per section 106(a) of the Constitution on by-elections.
Hela Provincial Seat By-election to be Conducted
PNG Electoral Commission is obliged by law to plan, prepare and conduct a by-election for the now vacant Hela Provincial seat following the death of the governor, the late Anderson Agiru, early this month. Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato says PNGEC is obliged under section 106 of the Constitution and section 74 of the Organic Law on National Elections (OLNE) to plan and conduct a by-election for Hela.
Gamato Halts Kandep Open Recount
Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato has halted the count of the five disputed ballot boxes in the 2012 national general election for Kandep Open in Enga province. This follows the latest turn of events in which the Waigani Supreme Court reinstated Don Polye as Kandep MP. PNGEC staff tasked to conduct the count were already on the ground in Wabag doing preparations.
GG Issues Writ for South Bougainville Open By-election
A by-election for the vacant South Bougainville Open seat in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville officially comes into operation today (26 May 2016) following the issue of writ by the Governor General. PNGEC has already received funding of K2.5 million for the by-election and necessary preparations are being made in the electorate and in Port Moresby to conduct the by-election.