International and domestic election observers for 2017
Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato has written to the national government requesting for the engagement of international election observer Missions to observe the conduct of 2017 national elections. He made the official request in a letter dated December 9, 2016 to the Prime Minister Peter O'Neil who is also the Minister responsible for the Electoral Commission.
10,600 personnel for 2017 election security operations
A total of 10,600 personnel from the Royal PNG Constabulary, PNG Defence Force and Correctional Services will be deployed for election security operations in 2017. This was announced by Police Commissioner Gari Baki in a joint media conference after the final Inter-Departmental Election Committee (IDEC) on December 14 at the Electoral Commission headquarters in Port Moresby.
5.4 million eligible voters estimated to enroll for 2017 elections
An estimated 5.4 million eligible voters are expected to be registered on the electoral roll for the 2017 National Elections. Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato says the Commission has dispatched a total of 750,000 new enrolment forms (Form 11) nationwide to all the 22 provinces to conducted enrolment work to update the roll based on projected increases in each ward, local level government area and district.
Enrolment work progressing well in most provinces
Enrolment work nationwide is progressing well in almost all the provinces except for five provinces that have yet to start their field work. The small maritime province of Manus has become the first province to complete its enrolment work and has sent the completed data to PNGEC headquarters in Port Moresby. The next phase of roll update is the display of the preliminary rolls for public scrutiny which is the objection period.
Early submission of candidate bio data an administrative matter
Advance notice to intending candidates for the 2017 National Elections to submit their bio data and passport-sized photos to generate candidate posters for polling booths is an administrative matter for the Electoral Commission as part of its preparations. Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato was responding to a letter from Leader of the Opposition Don Polye on the issue.
NCD residents urged to visit enrolment locations
Eligible voters in NCD have been strongly urged to be responsible for their own enrolment by visiting their nearest enrolment location to check their names and details roll and enroll if they are not registered. A total of 271 enrolment locations have been confirmed in three NCD Open electorates – Moresby North East, Moresby North West and Moresby South.