PNGEC stopped by State Solicitor to Conduct UPNG Referendum
PNG Electoral Commission is still waiting for responses from the Solicitor General’s Office and Attorney General’s Office for a second legal opinion on the position of the Commission to conduct the referendum for students at UPNG Waigani main campus and Taurama campus. Initial legal advice was for PNGEC to conduct the referendum.
Kandep Returning Officer and Enga Election Manager Referred
Returning Officer for Kandep in the 2012 national general elections Naepet Keae and the Election Manager for Enga Henry Kyakas have been referred to police for investigation. The Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato in a letter dated 4 May, 2016 to Police Commissioner Gari Baki made the referral formally requesting police to investigate and lay appropriate charges against the duo.
Kandep Recount will Proceed as Directed by Court
The PNG Electoral Commission has agreed to recognize the National Court order issued yesterday (3 May, 2016) to count the five disputed ballot boxes for Kandep Open electorate that were excluded from count in the 2012 National General Election and will conform to it. This is after the National Court on 2 May set aside Kandep MP Don Polye's victory in the 2012 election and ordered PNGEC to count the five excluded ballot boxes.
Samarai-Murua Polling Set to Complete as Scheduled
The Samarai Murua by-election is currently progress well with no major incidents reported since polling started 27 April. Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato said polling in the Yeleyamba, Louisiade, and Bwanabwana Rural LLGs is expected to complete as scheduled on 6 May, 2016 according to the three Assistant Returning Officers.
Polling for Samarai-Murua By-election in Full Progress
Polling for the vacant Samarai-Murua Open electorate in Milne Bay Province is progressing well. Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato says polling is in full operation now in all the four LLGs - Louisiade, Yeleyamba, Murua and Bwanabwana - after it was delayed by two days due to the late arrival of election materials in Alotau.
PNGEC gets Tough on Electoral Funds
The PNG Electoral Commission will apply strict measures on the use of electoral funds to ensure that previous issues regarding funding are not repeated. Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato pointed out that accountability of public funds was important. He said poor management and control of electoral funds in the past had resulted in outstanding bills totaling K59 million which the Commission has yet to settle.