0707 Election Update Statement dated Friday 7 July 2017

In today’s Media Conference, I want to give you some progressive updates on polling across PNG during the 2017 National Election. Today, I want to address on the media three issues which include Progress of Polling, Progress on Counting and Request for Extension of Polling Dates

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2806 PNG National Election 2017 results website now live

A dedicated website for preliminary results of the Papua New Guinea 2017 National Election is now live. The website link is http://results.pngec.gov.pg/ The new website is part of PNGEC’s commitment to improving and modernising our results system, thereby increasing transparency and efficiency.

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2505 PNGEC obliged by law to conduct postal voting for citizens

Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato says the PNG Electoral Commission is obliged by law to conduct postal voting for citizens who will not be available in their respective electorates on polling day to cast their votes. Sections 98-100 of the Organic Law on National Elections caters for seven categories of electors who will not be available on polling day.

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2405 Head of Commonwealth election observer mission arrives in PNG

Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato has welcomed the head of the Commonwealth Election Observer Group Sir Anand Satyanand who arrived this afternoon in Port Moresby in an advance mission. Sir Anand will be in the country with members of his observer team for two days (24 May to 27 May) to meet with a wide range of stakeholders and review election preparations.

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2205 Some polling places centralized for security reasons

Some polling places in the Highlands have been centralized in one location for security reasons and not for any other reasons. This follows concerns raised by candidates and their supporters over the centralizing of 19 polling places for security reasons to the new Singirok army barracks and Nondugl station in North Waghi, Jiwaka Province.

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1705 Election Advisory Committee activated for 2017 election

The PNG Electoral Commission has reactivated the establishment of an Election Advisory Committee for the 2017 National Election which will report directly to the Electoral Commissioner. It was dormant and non-operational for the past two general elections in 2007 and 2012.

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