Ballot boxes held for ransom

Eight polling teams in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (ARoB) are refusing to hand over eight ballot boxes, in protest over outstanding allowances.

Electoral Commissioner, Patilias Gamato, says teams 92 to 100, in Selau Suir, are holding onto the boxes until payment is made.

Gamato said the commission is currently working to address the issue so that the boxes are returned.

Polling in ARoB is scheduled to conclude by Wednesday.

In other parts of the New Guinea Islands, counting for East New Britain is scheduled for Friday once all ballot boxes are brought into Kokopo.

Polling in Manus has been completed while West New Britain is expected to be completed as of yesterday.

In New Ireland, polling is progressing.

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Cedric Patjole