Journalists taken into a counting room

Journalists were given a hands-on experience on Tuesday on how counting of ballot papers are done after voting takes place in Papua New Guinea.

The Election Training Workshop for journalist is organised by the PNG Electoral Commission and supported by the Australia Electoral Commission.

The three days’ workshop held outside of Port Moresby will end today.  

Deputy Electoral Commissioner Simon Sinai in his opening remarks on Monday, urged the participants to understand the electoral cycle to assist them when disseminating information to the public.

“This training will take you throughout the electoral cycle in PNG so that you will have some fair idea about the electoral cycle, particularly events or activities that happen during pre-election period, during the elections and during the post-election period,” Sinai said.

Many participating journalists said the mock exercise of how counting of ballot papers are carried out in the counting room, to the declaration of the winning candidates was an eye-opener.                  

Participants were from Loop PNG, TV Wan, EM TV, Post Courier, National, Sunday Chronicles, Wantok Newspaper, FM 100, PNGFM, Maoro FM, and ABC Australia.

Charles Yapumi