UPNG Students To Conduct Vote On Continuing Boycott

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

PNG Electoral Commission to conduct referendum

By Jerome Ikuave

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, May 12, 2016) – Students at the University of Papua New Guinea will now be given the opportunity to decide to either go back to classes or continue their boycott.

This follows the announcement by the UPNG Registrar Jennifer Popat that the long awaited Student Representative Council requested referendum will now be carried out by the PNG Electoral Commission at their two campuses.

Mrs. Popat in a Circular # 557 late yesterday evening, advised the students to gather at the Forum Square at the Waigani Campus and Quadrangle at the Taurama Campus to cast their votes.

She added that the SRC constitution, section 44, Sub Section 3 only allows full time students to vote. Therefore they must all produce their identification cards or a copy of their registration forms to vote.

Meanwhile the open college students and part time students are not eligible to vote, thus the SRC would need two thirds of the student body majority to boycott classes.

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