Nomination Fee increased, Campaign Period reduced
The nomination fee for candidates in the 2017 national election has been increased from the current K1,000 to K10,000 while the campaign period of eight weeks has been reduced by half to four weeks. These are among few legislative changes to election laws that were seriously deliberated on and approved by the National Executive Council (Cabinet).
Schools Voter Enrolment Program launched in NCD
The NCD Electoral Office officially launched its schools voter registration program today for all secondary schools and tertiary learning institutions in the nation's capital. Acting Deputy Commissioner Simon Sinai launced the enrollment program at the Gerehu Secondary School premises this morning inside the school hall packed with students, PNGEC staff, international partners, enrolment agents and media.
Gamato condems attack on PNGEC officers in Mendi
Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato has condemned in the strongest possible terms the attack of senior Electoral Commission staff on their way to Mendi in Southern Highlands this morning to facilitate and witness the hand-over-take-over ceremony between former election manager David Wakias and the newly appointed election manager Jacob Kurap.
Govt not interfering with PNGEC, says Prime Minister
Prime Minister Peter O'Neill says the Government does not interfere in the work of the Electoral Commission. He said this yesterday (October 25, 2016) when asked by Rabaul MP Dr. Allan Marat about the updating of the electoral roll and whether it was true that the appointment of returning officers was done by Cabinet. O'Neill told Parliament the Government is only giving all the support the Electoral Commission needed.
Enrolment Field Work Status Report
This is an update report on the status of the Electoral Roll Update Program in all the 22 provinces in terms of the implementation of their activities in preparation for the updating of their respective Provincial Rolls in the next four months. The Electoral Roll Update Program activities immediately commenced after the training of all Election Managers and Assistant Election Managers in August this year (2016) in Lae.
Two Kandep Ballot Boxes Missing after Break-in
Two ballot boxes belonging to two other candidates in the 2012 National Elections from the recent Supreme Court ordered judicial recount of the Kandep seat in Enga have gone missing following a break-in last Wednesday (October 19, 2016). Police in Wabag confirmed the incident and have vowed to conduct a thorough investigation to establish the motive and persons involved.