PNG 2017 General Election Budget More Than Halved, Cites State Of Economy

19.5M to implement Regional, Open and the Local Level Government Council election

By Merolyn Ten

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, August 15, 2016) – The budget for the 2017 General Election has been cut by less than half of the original amount K192 million [US$59,257,000].

Next year only K63 millionc[US$19,444,000] will be stretched to run the Regional, Open and the Local Level Government Council election.

The Chief Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato made this startling revelation last Friday at the start of the Electoral Roll updating exercise at Irupara village in Rigo district, Central Province. He did not elaborate.

The General Election appropriation will be announced when the Budget is handed down in November.

Mr Gamato said there will be no presidential election conducted for local level governments.

"All provincial and district administration will give in their support in organising manpower and logistics while Australia has agreed to provide information and technology assistance during the Electoral Roll updating exercise and election period," he said.

Mr Gamato said the cut in the budget was due to the state of the economy.

"There will be three ballot papers on the same election period and no separate elections are to be conducted."

The commissioner said each ward will get a maximum of five days for smaller wards and seven days for bigger wards to register and update names on the roll.

Mr Gamato expects the roll updates for other provinces to begin in September, and smaller provinces to conclude by December while largers provinces in January 2017.

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