The extension was officially made on Friday 21st by Governor General, Sir Bob Dadae.
Electoral Commissioner, Patilias Gamato, announced today that the extension is to allow for counting in other parts of the country to be completed.
Gamato previously announced that an extension was well within the required number of days for polling and counting.
He said by law 21 days was allowed but they had only requested to the Govenor General 16 days, leaving a five day buffer, which they will now use.
Today, Gamato received writs from the following seats:
- Morobe – Seven Writs (Bulolo Open, Finschafen Open, Huon-Gulf Open, Markham Open, Menyamya Open, Nawae Open and Tewaii-Siassi Open)
- New Ireland – Two Writs (Regional and Kavieng Open)
- Manus – Two writs (Regional and Manus Open)
- Kompiam Ambum Open
Photo: Markham Open Returing Officer, Willie Pilailo, handing over the writ to Electoral Commissioner, Patilias Gamato.