Ballot papers kept in ‘undisclosed location’

Ballot papers to be used in the 2017 National Election are being kept in an undisclosed location.

Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato confirmed with Loop PNG that “ballot papers arrived on Tuesday and had been cleared (on Wednesday)”.

Gamato said on Thursday, containers containing the papers were taken to a highly secured location in Port Moresby where they are now heavily guarded by police and military personnel.

He said in the next one-and-a-half months, the ballot papers will be repacked according to enrolment figures and dispatched to each province, two weeks prior to commencement of polling on June 24.

Meanwhile, PNGEC media officer Alphonse Muapi told Loop PNG: “In terms of quantity, a total of 10 million ballot papers have been printed – five million ballot papers for the provincial seats and five million ballot papers for the open seats.

“On polling day, a voter will be issued with two ballot papers – one for the provincial seat and one for the open seat.”

The ballot paperss were printed in Indonesia. 

(Picture sourced from PNG Electoral Commission) 

Charles Yapumi