1704 2017 National & LLG Elections Estimated to Cost K600 Million

The 2017 National and Local-Level Government Elections is estimated to cost K600 million based on the 2012 Election costs. The budget will be finalized by June 2016 and submitted to the National Executive Council for approval through the Inter-Departmental Election Committee and the Central Agencies Coordinating Committee.

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1704 PNGEC signs MoU with Provinces for 2017

The purpose and scope of Memorandums of Understanding with Provincial Administrations is to strengthen the network of partnership between Provincial Administrations and PNGEC. The MoUs will enable both partners to work closely together with other stakeholders and communities to plan and successfully deliver the 2017 National and LLG Elections.

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1704 Election Training and Civic Awareness for 2017

The PNG Electoral Commission will embark on major civic education and awareness drives to ensure appropriate trainings and awareness are conducted. Election training manuals and awareness materials have been compiled and are ready for print. The Commission has already planned out the types of election trainings and civic awareness materials that would be used for 2017 National and LLG Elections.

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1604 Electoral Roll Update to be Decentralized

Updating of the Electoral Rolls in 2016 for the 2017 Elections will be decentralized to the provinces and districts, Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato has decided. This will start on ​1 June and go on for ​three to four months nationwide. If a person has a PNG NID Card and does not have his or her name on the Electoral Roll, that person cannot vote.You must have your name on the Electoral Roll in order vote.

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1504 Issues and Challlenges for 2017 Elections

Most of these issues and challenges continue to prevail in all past elections. These issues and challenges were analyzed and are generically related to how we organized and manage elections at the Agency (PNGEC) and Political Party levels and other stakeholders. PNGEC is initiating some reforms but it requires Whole of Government approach including legislative changes to see improvements.

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1504 Electoral Boundaries Review

Allocation of electorates and location of electoral boundaries determine the pattern of representation in the National Parliament. To ensure the distribution of power between and within different parts of the country, both processes (allocation and location) also play an important role and part in determining whether or not all votes are equal.

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