2017 election process to start this Thursday

Governor-General Dob Dadae will issue the Writs for the 2017 National Election on Thursday in Port Moresby.

When the writs are issued, the 7-day nomination period, for intending candidates contesting the 111 seats in the National Parliament, will open.

PNG Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato told Loop PNG this morning that preparation is on target and an official statement will be released this afternoon.

“We are ready,” Gamato said.        

The election nomination period will close at 4pm on April 27.

There will be 8 weeks of campaign period, from 20 April – 23 June.

Polling will run from 24 June – 8 July, followed by the counting period.  

Return of Writs of the election must be before July 24.

The Governor-General will then invite the party with the highest number of winning candidates to form the country’s next government, with its coalition partners.

The 10th National Parliament is expected to sit in September.

(The final sitting of the 9th Parliament early this month)

Charles Yapumi