0804 Samarai-Murua By-election

Few candidates and their supporters gathered in front of PNGEC's Alotau electoral office in Milne Bay on Friday 8 July 2016 to witness candidates' order of draw. Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato was in Alotau at that time for political parties workshop and witnessed the event which was conducted by the Returning Officer who's election manager for Milne Bay Dadu Daga.

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0704 Twelve Candidates Contest Samarai-Murua By-election

Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato confirmed that a total of 12 candidates have nominated to contest the vacant Samarai-Murua by-election in Milne Bay province when nominations closed at 4pm this afternoon. Seven candidates nominated at the electoral office in Alotau while five candidates nominated in Misima - the order of draw of candidates will be done at the Alotau electoral office at noon tomorrow (Friday 08 April 2016).

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2502 Caritas Network Supports PNGEC's 2017 Election Awareness

The PNG Electoral Commission's Information and Community Awareness Branch continues to draw support from its external partners and key stakeholders to deliver civic education and voter awareness programs to the voters and general public right across the country in preparations for 2017 National and LLG elections and beyond.

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0502 2017 National and LLG Elections Dates

The Electoral Commissioner says by law – section 299 of the Organic Law on National and Local-level Government Elections (OLNLLGE) and section 34(1) of the Organic Law on Provincial and Local-level Government (OLPLLG) – both National and LLG elections can be run together, by the use of the words “run concurrently. Parliament term is five years hence the term of office for LLGs must be concurrent with the term of Parliament.

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0102 No Change of Voting System in 2017 Polls

There will be no change to the current Limited Preferential Voting System (LPV) in the 2017 elections. The Electoral Commission strongly emphasizes that the current LPV system will remain to be used in the 2017 National and LLG Elections, unless the people and National Government decide to further change to an alternative system following the 2017 National Election.

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1012 Ijivitari By-election Writ Returned

Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato today returned the writ for the court-ordered Ijivitari Open electorate by-election in Northern Province to the Acting Governor General Theo Zurenuoc. The ceremony officially concluded the Ijivitari Open electorate by-election which had cost K4.2 million to conduct. A total to 21 candidates – one female and 20 male – had contested the court-ordered Ijivitari Open electorate by-election.

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