2017 Election Dates

2017 election process to start this Thursday

When the writs are issued, the 7-day nomination period, for intending candidates contesting the 111 seats in the National Parliament, will open.

PNG Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato told Loop PNG this morning that preparation is on target and an official statement will be released this afternoon.

“We are ready,” Gamato said.        

The election nomination period will close at 4pm on April 27.

There will be 8 weeks of campaign period, from 20 April – 23 June.

Polling will run from 24 June – 8 July, followed by the counting period.  

Changes to 2017 National Election dates, hot topic

PNG Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato was quoted in The National newspaper on Monday that the dates for the Issue of Writs may be deferred to May 20 because of legislations before Parliament.  

The current date for the issue of writs is April 20.  

Last Tuesday, Opposition Leader Don Polye held a media conference questioning the integrity of the Electoral Commissioner and the office he occupies.