More Than 800 Election Monitors To Be Deployed Across Papua New Guinea

International, local monitors will make independent report on National Election

By Gorethy Kenneth

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, June 16, 2017) – More than 800 election monitors will be deployed nationwide to observe and make independent reports on the National Election.

Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato said yesterday the international and local monitors will report back to their respective organisations, heads of governments and the government on the credibility of the PNG election process.

“We have invited international election monitors or observers to visit during the months of June and July to see whether we have planned well for the election and also see if we followed the rule of law and the election laws on conducting the 2017 National Election,” Mr Gamato said in a statement.

“These election monitors or observers are invited from the Commonwealth Secretariat European Union Governments of Australia and New Zealand resident heads and staff of foreign missions from Australia, Great Britain, United States of America, France, Japan, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Melanesian Spearhead Group Secretariat, Australian National University and other election management bodies from other parts of the world,” he said.

“Our very own civil society watchdog, the Transparency International (PNG) Incorporated, again will deploy 400 election monitors, the largest number of monitors nationwide,” Mr Gamato said.

He appealed for calm in the remaining seven days of campaign and the next one month of polling and counting.

“Fellow Papua New Guineans, emotional reactions to your political opponents by supporters must not be encouraged. But as a responsible leader, you must always urge restraint and discourage such bad acts or violence,” he said.

“As your Electoral Commissioner, I strongly urge each and every one of you the leaders of political parties, tribes and clans to make this election far less disruptive or violent than previous national elections,” Gamato said.

“Let’s have a good and peaceful 2017 National Election to demonstrate to our regional neighbors and the international community that Papua New Guinea is truly democratic and has a vibrant democracy.”

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