National Logistics Plan for 2017 Election launched
The master plan for 2017 election, the National Logistics Plan, was launched today by the Chief Secretary to Government Ambassador Isaac Lupari at the Electoral Commission headquarters in Port Moresby. The small but significant event was witnessed by Commissioner Gamato and his staff, members of IDEC who are mostly departmental heads and senior bureaucrats plus PNGEC's international partners.
Government Printer urged to lift game
Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato has called on the Government Printer Christine Lenturut to lift the standard of printing at the Government Printing Office to an international standard. He was responding to a statement by Lenturut this week that the printing of ballot papers for the 2017 national election could have been handled by the Government Printer instead of giving the job overseas.
Democracy of PNG not compromised, Gamato assures nation
The democracy of Papua New Guinea is not compromised. That is the assurance by the Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato when responding to comments by the former Government Printer Ken Kaia and current Government Printer Christine Lenturut in relation to the printing of the 10 million 2017 election ballot papers overseas in Indonesia instead of a local printer.
Ballot papers for 2017 election printed overseas for first time
The 10 million ballot papers for the 2017 national general election will be printed overseas in neighboring Indonesia. Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato confirmed this week that this will be done for the first time in history mainly due to the exorbitant printing costs quoted by local PNG-based printing companies including the Government Printer which traditionally prints ballot papers for PNG elections.
International and regional election observers to do scoping
International and regional observers of the 2017 national general election will be in the country early in February to do scoping for their election observations when polling begins on June 24. Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato this week signed off the invitations to four election observer groups to assemble their respective teams to observe PNG’s ninth national parliament general election.
Submission of candidate bio-data extended
Intending candidates for the 2017 national general election have been given an extension of one month to come forward and submit their bio-data by filling the candidate bio data form or Form 29.
Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato made the decision this week to give intending candidates and political parties until February 28.