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.
Voter registration in National Capital District begins
Enrollment of eligible voters in the National Capital District in preparation for the 2017 national election officially commenced today. More than 800 enrolment agents will be out in the 12 wards in the capital city to update the NCD Roll for the next 14 days. City residents are to look out for enrolment teams who will be visiting their areas during this period of time to check their names and details on the Roll and register.
K20,000 to file election petitions after 2017 polls
Aggrieved candidates after the conduct of the 2017 national elections will have to dig deeper into their pockets to file their elections petitions in the Court of Disputed Returns to challenge the election outcomes of winning candidates. This follows the increase in filing fees for election petitions from the current K5000 to K20,000 approved by the National Executive Council.
First Anniversary today for Gamato as Electoral Commissioner
Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato today quietly celebrated his first anniversary since his appointment as Electoral Commissioner of Papua New Guinea 12 months ago. Members of the senior management team and advisers from PNGEC's international partners were invited to join Mr. Gamato to for the quiet celebration at his conference room.