CALL FOR INQUIRY INTO PNG ELECTIONS BY FORMER PRIME MINISTER NAMALIU

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (July 2, 2002 – Radio Australia)---Former Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea Sir Rabbie Namaliu has joined the call for an independent inquiry into the chaotic running of the current PNG elections.

Radio Australia correspondent Sean Dorney reports that Sir Rabbie, who has just won his Kokopo seat again, says it is terrible that the governor general has had to take the unprecedented step of extending voting in 12 provinces for another week.

"Polling hasn't been completed in 54 seats two days after voting was supposed to end.

"Sir Rabbie Namaliu has won one of the few seats where a declaration has been possible so far.

"He said, ‘This is the worst election in my experience ever. It's a sad, very, very sad but actually dangerous trend.’

"Sir Rabbie wants an independent inquiry to be set up after polling is over to examine why things have gone so wrong and what can be done to make sure the next election in five years time is not, in his words, a shambles like this one.

" ‘If we don't do it," he said, "we're going to be in real serious trouble next time round.’

"The new close of polling is this coming Saturday.

"Sean Dorney, Radio Australia, Port Moresby."

 

PNG ELECTIONS STILL EXPECTED TO FINISH ON TIME

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (July 3, 2002 – Radio Australia)---Papua New Guinea's Electoral Commissioner says the country's elections will be finished on time.

As Radio Australia correspondent Shane McLeod reports, that's despite the fact that voting has yet to start in some parts of the country.

"Commissioner Reuben Kaiulo says an extension that's given some parts of PNG until Saturday to vote, won't put back the official finish to the elections.

"He says the makeup of the new Parliament will still be made final by July 15th.

"Mr. Kaiulo says he's continuing to talk to the government about extra money, but he's refusing to reveal the total amount the Commission needs to complete its work.

"Shane McLeod, Radio Australia."

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