UNDP Training Officials, Media Before Bougainville Elections

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Polls in autonomous region of PNG to start May 11

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, May 1, 2015) – The United Nations Development Programme is now training election officials and journalists ahead of the elections in Bougainville.

The work is part of the UNDP's effort to enhance the understanding of the election process for the autonomous Papua New Guinea region's poll starting on 11th May.

The UNDP will also be supporting the co-ordination of observers, helping women candidates prepare and will facilitate a post-elections assessment exercise.

The agency hopes to reach as many as 720 election scrutineers, giving them an overview of the process and their role, so they can cope with complaints during the poll and counting.

UNDP will also help prepare the 19 returning officers, with a focus on the Bougainville Electoral Commission process for handling complaints during the polling and counting periods.

And it will train local journalists to ensure they have the skills to cover election process fairly.

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