Electoral Roll update to begin this month

The nationwide electoral enrolment update will start on the third or fourth week of this month, says Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato.

“It is expected that by November 2016 all data collected in the districts should be sent from the field to data entry centre in the respective Provincial Headquarters for data entry to be done,” Gamato said.

Six provinces have completed their second level of training of Returning Officers, Assistant Returning Officers and LLG Supervisors in preparation for voter enrolment.

These provinces include East Sepik, Northern, West New Britain, East New Britain, Milne Bay and Central.

He said East Sepik Province will start first as they are ready ahead of the other provinces.

PNGEC’s ICT Branch is currently purchasing all the necessary electronic equipment including laptops, computers, scanners and printers for the Electoral Roll update and will install them in all the data entry centers in each PHQ.

 “Our ICT Branch is now purchasing all the necessary electronic equipment from two major vendors, namely Digitec and Datec, this week and will be dispatching them next week to the provinces for installation prior to the commencement of field work,” Gamato said.

“Once installed training of Enrolment Agents will be conducted by the ICT Team on how to use the facilities.”

Picture: File picture of Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato sworn into office.

Charles Yapumi