2405 Head of Commonwealth election observer mission arrives in PNG

Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato has welcomed the head of the Commonwealth Election Observer Group Sir Anand Satyanand who arrived this afternoon in Port Moresby in an advance mission. Sir Anand will be in the country with members of his observer team for two days (24 May to 27 May) to meet with a wide range of stakeholders and review election preparations.

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2205 Some polling places centralized for security reasons

Some polling places in the Highlands have been centralized in one location for security reasons and not for any other reasons. This follows concerns raised by candidates and their supporters over the centralizing of 19 polling places for security reasons to the new Singirok army barracks and Nondugl station in North Waghi, Jiwaka Province.

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1705 Election Advisory Committee activated for 2017 election

The PNG Electoral Commission has reactivated the establishment of an Election Advisory Committee for the 2017 National Election which will report directly to the Electoral Commissioner. It was dormant and non-operational for the past two general elections in 2007 and 2012.

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1605 Political parties urged to urgently submit their final endorsed candidates list

The Electoral Commission is urging political parties that have not submitted their official list of candidates after the close of nominations to do so as a matter of urgency.Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato says political parties have been given until 4pm this Thursday to submit their official endorsed candidates list.

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1005 Chief Secretary Lupari explains draw down of election funds

Chief Secretary to Government Ambassador Isaac Lupari says the draw down of K400 million in election funds is on target. He said that to facilitate the smooth and timely drawn of funds, two separate trust accounts have been created - one for PNG Electoral Commission to drawn its K279 million and the other for security agencies to draw down their K121 million for election security operations.

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0905 Preparations for polling in progress, says Gamato

Preparations for polling and counting are underway while campaigning by candidates is progressing well. Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato says the Commission is now preparing for polling which commences on June 24 and counting which will be conducted soon after polling ends on July 8.

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