PNG Election Commission Gets Technical Support From International Donors

Commission needs $186 million to conduct 2017 polls

By Gorethy Kenneth

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Oct. 13, 2016) – The Papua New Guinea Electoral Commission is now receiving technical support from international organisations from Australia, New Zealand and United States of America to prepare for the 2017 General Election.

The Australian Electoral Commission, the New Zealand Department of Foreign Affairs, and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems will help in the national procurement and logistics plan, electoral roll update and other technical issues.

As this is being carried out, PNGEC has presented its submission to the Government for funds to run the general elections starting in April 2017.

"We are getting support on technical issues and looking at gaps and recommending to us how we can improve on our gaps," Chief Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato said.

New Zealand, for instance, is assisting the PNG Electoral Commission with the national procurement and logistics plan.

The plan will assist the commission fit in the assistance of organisations and other donor agencies.

Initially Mr Gamato had revealed that the Commission needed about K600million [US$186 million] to run the elections.

The Government later requested for the Commission to see if there was any possibility of reducing the figure to cut costs.

Mr Patilias said this week he has already done a detailed submission to the Government but has not revealed the figure as he told the media he did not want to jeopardise the decision but will issue a statement once everything was approved.

But the Government had already released about K60 million [US$18.6 million] for updating of the Electoral Roll which was not being carried out throughout the country.

Yesterday it was also revealed police have submitted about K200 million [US$62 million] to run the security operations for the elections but were still waiting for the Government to respond.

About K35 million [US$10.9 million] is needed for this year for the mobilisation program for police and more than K140 million [US$43.5 million] for the actual security operations for the 2017 General Election.

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