0106 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.

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2805 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.

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2805 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.

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2605 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.

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2605 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.

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2605 Writ Returned for Samarai-Murua Open By-election

Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato today (26 June 2016) returned the writ for the recently concluded Samarai-Murua by-election in Milne Bay province to the Governor General to officially end the by-election program. Ousted Member and the ruling PNC Party candidate Gordon Wesley reclaimed the Samarai-Murua Open Seat when he was declared winner on 17 May 2016 by the Returning Officer Dadu Daga.

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