PNG's Highlands Provinces, Port Moresby, Morobe, Madang, East New Britain To Have One Day Polling

Rest of the country will have multiple-polling days strating on June 26

By Goreth Kenneth

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, June 6, 2017) – All seven Highlands provinces will have one day of polling, the PNG Electoral Commission announced yesterday.

Port Moresby, Morobe, Madang and East New Britain provinces will also have one-day polling.

The rest of Papua New Guinea will have 10 days, or multiple-polling days, starting on Monday, June 26. Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato announced the nationwide polling dates yesterday, saying polling will end on July 24.

Mr Gamato said that the Highlands; Hela, Chimbu and Eastern Highlands provinces will start on June 26.

Southern Highlands and Jiwaka provinces will start on June 30, while Enga and Western Highlands Province will go to the polls on July 4.

The National Capital District (Port Moresby), Kokopo, Lae and Madang will have their one-day polling on Tuesday, June 27.

All other provinces and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville – Manus, New Ireland, West New Britain, Gulf, Western, Central Province, Northern, Milne Bay, West Sepik and East Sepik will have multiple polling days, about 10 days maximum and five days minimum.

Mr Gamato also said that under section 53 of the Organic Law on Elections, the Electoral Commission has already started the printing of candidate posters, which will be ready no later than June 10 and ready for dispatch throughout the country.

Candidate posters will be printed in PNG containing name of the electorate; name of the election; name of the candidate contesting the election set out in order as determined by the order of draw under section 59 (OLE); candidate identification number beside a candidate and in respect to a candidate endorsed by a registered political party; the name of the political party; name of the leader of the political party; photograph of the political party and in respect to a candidate not endorsed by the political party, the word “independent” and any other features, which the Electoral Commissioner wants.

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