Status Report: Electoral Roll field work in the provinces
Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato has expressed satisfaction that electoral roll update field work is gradually gaining momentum in a number of provinces throughout the country. Mr. Gamato said some of the provinces that are well ahead of the others include East New Britain, East Sepik, West New Britain, Milne Bay and Central.
NBC moves to assist PNGEC in election coverage for 2017
Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato has welcomed a proposal offered by the National Broadcasting Corporation, for PNGEC to utilize the new NBC’s revamped network to assist with coverage of the 2017 elections. Mr. Gamato, however, said that PNGEC is currently weighing its options against associated costs from communication stakeholders NBC and Digicel Group Limited.
Branch Updates on Enrolment Preparations as at October 3, 2016
Three enrolment pilot projects are currently in progress in three provinces – Kokopo district electorate in East New Britain, Alotau district in Milne Bay and Rigo district in Central Province – with elector data entry ongoing in the districts. Data Processing Officers (DPOs) have already been trained and are now doing data entry. Materials for the Roll Update exercise have already been dispatched last week.
Electoral Roll Update nationwide to commence soon
Updating of the Electoral Roll in preparation for the 2017 National and Local-level Government elections will commence towards the end of this month and run for at least four months. So far seven provinces have completed their second level of training which is training of Returning Officers, Assistant Returning Officers and LLG Supervisors in preparation for voter enrolment.
PNGEC not operating in isolation, says Gamato
PNG Electoral Commission is not operating in isolation, says Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato. Responding to unsubstantiated claims by the Opposition Leader Don Polye in the Post-Courier newspaper today (Friday 30th September, 2016), Mr. Gamato made it very clear that PNGEC's preparations for 2017 National and Local-level Government elections are going on as planned.
Gamato fails 2013 LLG elections in six Highlands Provinces
Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato announced today (September 29, 2016) that he has made separate decisions to fail the 2013 LLG elections in all the 27 LLG presidential seats and 605 Ward Councilors seats in six of the seven Highlands provinces. The elections were previously failed by former Commissioner Sir Andrew Trawen.