Legislative changes for referendum needed: Gamato

The Electoral Commissioner, Patilias Gamato, says legislative changes need to be made quickly as part of the referendum preparation process.

He said the main area of change needed is in Schedule One of the Organic Law on Peace Building in Bougainville.

Gamato said this clause deals with the operational process of the referendum.

He stated they have gone through and made comments where changes can be done.

The process of legislative changes is quite long and Gamato hopes the alterations can go through.

“The changes are quite small, some are terminologies, some are dates some are features of the returning officer and powers of returning officers. For example, what we are saying is the powers of returning officers it must come back also to the Bougainville Referendum Commission.” 

Cedric Patjole