International help sought for 2017 election

The Electoral Commission will be receiving technical support from international organizations in preparing and hosting the 2017 General Elections.

Some of the agencies that have pledged support include the Australian Electoral Commission (AES), the New Zealand Department of Foreign Affairs (NZDFAT), and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES).

“We are getting support on technical issues and looking at gaps and recommending to us how we can improve on our gaps,” said Gamato.

The NZDFAT, for instance, are assisting the PNG Electoral Commission with the National Procurement and Logistics Plan.

The plan will assist the commission fit in the assistance of organizations and other donor agencies.

Meanwhile, The Electoral Commission has submitted its budget to the National Government for the 2017 General Election.

Commissioner, Patilio Gamato, however says he wont disclose the amount until it is approved by Cabinet.

So far the Government has released K40 million to the Electoral Commission to prepare for next years Elections.


Cedric Patjole