Commissioner outlines activities for next three months
Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato has clearly outlined what he expects from his staff in the next three months prior to the issue of writs for the 2017 elections. He strongly urged staff from both the headquarters in Port Moresby and in the provinces to be more vigilant in performing their duties to deliver a good election to the people of PNG.
Proposed revised date for issue of writs legal, says Gamato
The proposed revised date for the issue of writs from April 20 to May 20 is legal and within the five year anniversary of this term of Parliament. A total of seven legislative amendments to election laws will go before Parliament on the January 24 sitting of the House. The proposed reduction of the campaign period from eight weeks to four weeks has a direct impact on the 2017 election program.
LLG members free to contest 2017 national elections
Serving Local-level Government members are allowed to contest national elections including the 2017 elections. Section 30 of the Organic Law on Provincial Governments and Local-level Governments gives them the green light to contest or hold other public leadership responsibilities. Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato said the Organic Law does not prevent the LLG members from contesting the 2017 national elections.
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.