Electoral Commission confident of democratic elections

The Papua New Guinea Electoral Commission is confident of conducting a democratic election, says Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato.

“During my term as the Electoral Commissioner, the Papua New Guinea Electoral Commission has instituted internal reforms, developed strategies, conducted detailed planning and implemented key activities – all in preparation for the 2017 National Elections,” Gamato said. 

“PNGEC has increased its organisational capabilities by applying lessons learnt from the 2012 National Election, 2013 Local Level Government (LLG) elections and the 2015-2016 provincial and open by-elections.

“We at PNGEC are doing everything possible to communicate the election message to all our people on the importance of peaceful, fair and inclusive elections.”

Meanwhile, the Issue of Writs and Nomination for intending candidates is on April 20. Nomination closes at 4pm on April 27.

There will be 8 weeks of campaign period from April 20 – June 23. Polling will run from June 24 – July 8. 

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

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Charles Yapumi