VOTING ROLL NEEDS FIXING IN BOUGAINVILLE: TANIS

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BUKA, Bougainville, Papua New Guinea (June 28, 2002 – Post-Courier)--- Bougainville People’s Congress Vice President James Tanis wants the Bougainville Common Roll fixed before the election of an autonomous government is held.

Mr. Tanis said this in response to previous reports that thousands of Bougainvilleans could not vote in the current national election because they were not registered on the Common Roll.

He added it was also frustrating to find that his name was not on the Common Roll and that three-quarters of the Bana-Nagovis population missed out.

Mr. Tanis claimed the result of this was very dangerous for the peace process and might pose a threat to the autonomous government election.

"This is very dangerous for the peace process because there will be frustrated supporters of different candidates, whether the common roll being used is a selected roll. I do not want this to happen in Bougainville," Mr. Tanis said.

However, election manager Mathias Pihei told the Post-Courier the error in this year’s Common Roll was a good thing despite the fact that it affected thousands of people. He said this was because it paved way for the office to have a clear idea of how to tackle the problem in preparation for the autonomous government elections.

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Provided by Vikki John VIKKI@law.uts.edu.au" target="_blank">(VIKKI@law.uts.edu.au)

 

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