Service Providers to be paid outstanding claims

PNGEC has the funding to pay for the outstanding money owed to the service providers.

An audit has been done on all service providers that have claims with PNG Electoral Commission and has been completed.

Of the K42 million claimed, the audit now has confirmed a figure of K19 million for service providers.

Chief Secretary, Issac Lupari says because of the audit that has been conducted upon those claims, PNGEC was able to pick up on the discrepancies and abnormalities in the figures.

Lupari thanked that Department of Justice, particularly the Office of the Solicitors General for the work they have done in rechecking the figures.

“The Commissioner has been advised to write to all service providers firms to notify them of how much PNGEC owes them and it’s up to them whether they except it or not,” says Lupari.

Lupari says that the process is undergoing adding that in the process, some of these service providers were paid so what PNGEC is doing is going back through some of the payment that were made to reconcile the accounts so there is no double payment being made.

“I assure these service providers that you will be paid and all we need is your corporation,” says Lupari. “To mediate all these risks that gives rise to cost, we are now going to put through this plan every service providers that is engaged in compliance with the Financial Management Act will have a contract and you will be paid upon the basis of your delivery.”

Annette Kora