0308 Commissioner Gamato clarifies Gumine Open issue

Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato clarified today that the Returning Officer who declared Nick Kuman as Member-elect for Gumine Open electorate in Chimbu and signed the writ was Fredy Yaun and not the late Peter Kalpe.

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0108 Election Update Statement dated 1 August 2017

Issues addressed in this update statement include an update on number of Writs Returned, issue of invitation to form government, response to Dr. Eric Kwa, Gumine Open Seat issue, Southern Highlands Provincial Seat issue and counting for Kandep Open Seat.

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2807 Statement on the occasion of Return of Writs for 2017 election

As Election Commissioner, it gives me great pride today to return the writs to the Head of State, His Excellency the Governor General Sir Bob Dadae. Today I have returned 77 writs to the Governor General. In all, 86 electorates have been declared with a further 25 remaining to be declared. The remainder should be completed soon.

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2407 Respect people's choices and refrain from election violence

Supporters of losing candidates have been strongly urged to respect the choices and wishes of the people in the electorate and refrain from engaging in violence to demonstrate their dissatisfaction about the election outcomes. This follows incidents of violence in some electorates resulting in deaths, injuries and destruction to properties in at least five electorates.

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2407 Return of writs date extended to Friday 28 July 2017

The Governor General Sir Bob Dadae has granted four days extension to the return of writs date which is today, Monday 24 July to Friday 28 July. As of today only 51 of the total 111 seats of Parliament had been declared nationwide.

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1707 Issue of six disputed ballot boxes for North Waghi in Jiwaka

In my letter dated Friday 14 July 2017 to the Returning Officer for North Waghi Open electorate Mr. Andrew Kulangi, I have given directives for the six (6) disputed ballot boxes from the Kerowil polling venue in North Waghi to be admitted for scrutiny or counting.

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