Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato

Kandep recount starts tomorrow, says EC

Parties representing Don Polye, Alfred Luke Manase and the Electoral Commissioner appeared before Justice Stephen Kassman of the Supreme Court this morning.

Polye filed an urgent application on Sept 15 seeking to have the Supreme Court stay the recount that is set to start tomorrow.

His lawyers appeared in an urgent Supreme Court sitting yesterday (Sunday) however, the matter could not proceed to a hearing as other parties were not aware of the application. It was adjourned to this morning.

Electoral Commission obligated by law to hold Hela by-election

“I have talked to the Police Commissioner to assess the situation on the ground before I can make a decision,” Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato said. 

“In the meantime, I have (already) written to the government asking for funding support to conduct the by-election for Hela (Province).

“As soon as the funding is available, I will advise the Governor General to approve dates for the by-election.”

Elections to stick to same system, says poll chief

“I am not aware of that, I have not been formally informed if there is any decision (to change the LPV system); we are still remaining with the LPV system,” Gamato responded to a Loop PNG question about rumours the government will be changing the voting system.