Jiwaka fears deferral of polls

​The one-day Polling in Jiwaka Province might also be deferred.

Election Manager, Rossie Pandihau, says the commencement of polling in the Province will depend on when polling in Simbu Province has been completed.

Polling in Jiwaka Province is scheduled for June 30.

Ms Pandihau said preparations for polling are now well on track however, the delay in polling for Simbu Province might affect them as well. This is because security forces in Simbu will move to Jiwaka once polling is completed in the former.

Pandihau says they are currently doing quality checks and pre-counting the ballot papers.

Furthermore, the appointment of a new provincial treasurer last week has allowed the electoral funds to be released for training of polling officials.

Jiwaka Provincial Police Commander, Joseph Tondop, says Jiwaka Police is also in Simbu for polling.

They had initially arranged for Jiwaka Police to return after polling ends in Simbu. However, since polling has been deferred to June 28, PPC Tondop says this will have a chain reaction on the polling dates in the other Highlands Provinces that are yet to vote.

Therefore, although Jiwaka is scheduled to have polling on the 30th, both the Election Manager and Provincial Police Commander said that is now not definite.

PPC Tondop is calling on the Electoral Commission to get their acts in order so polling can proceed as planned, without any more delays.

(Simbu Province)

Charmaine Poriambep