Bougainville voter roll preps begin

Preparations have commenced on voter roll compilation the Bougainville referendum scheduled for June 15, 20-19.

The Bougainville Referendum Commission has partnered with the ABG’s Department of Community Government to ensure all eligible Bougainvilleans get registered.

Bougainville Electoral Commissioner George Manu said the referendum voter roll will be developed through a three-phased process; the first involves verification of the 20-15 ABG electoral rolls against ward voter registries.

Commissioner Manu said phase one is almost completed.

In the second phase, ward recorders will do door-to-door visits to ensure all eligible electors verify their enrolment details.

The third phase is the public display of preliminary rolls for verification of the referendum voter roll.

Eligible voters include those above 18 years of age, and those who have resided on Bougainville for a period not less than six months.

Separate initiatives will be undertaken to enable participation in the referendum for Bougainvilleans living outside of the region.

Salome Vincent