2017 PNG National Elections

Beating the cold to ensure people vote

William Vaira’s story is of beating the cold of a new environment and surviving at least 8 hours of mountain climbing in order for a population of four villages to vote.

Hailogo, Enivilogo, Efogi 1 and Efogi 2 in the Efogi Ward of Koiari LLG are located along the Kokoda Track.

Vaira’s team – team 7, consisting of himself presiding officer and two reserved constables as security personnel, covered these villages.

The team left Port Moresby on last Tuesday July 27th by air and commenced polling at Hailogo upon arrival.

VIDEO: Demand to fail elections

He said he has yet to receive a full report, however there were some properties destroyed.

He said the fight was between two rival candidates and their supporters at Hiri Council Ward, in the Lower Wage LLG.

A security response unit was dispatched to the location and dissolved the tension.

Ballot boxes where than moved to Magarima Station.


Charmaine Poriambep reports  

VIDEO: PLWDs miss out on voting

This contradicts Electoral Commission's move to make 2017 Elections fair and inclusive.


Caroline Ure with more 


VIDEO: Prisoners vote

Only a handful of eligible voters participated in what was described as a peaceful polling.


Caroline Ure with more 

Polling challenges in Angoram

Cherobin Vaiang, the Returning Officer for Angoram in the 2017 National Election said it is a huge challenge for his polling team because of the district's geography, compounded with no communication signals. 

Despite this Vaiang says that polling in the 5 LLG's are progressing well.

He adds however that many voters are complaining of their names not being the common roll.

Meanwhile the first three polling teams arrived on Thursday from Yuat LLG, with mo arrive in the coming days.

Angoram Distrct has 32 polling teams.

Voters still waiting at Moresby North East

Majority of these are residents whose names are not in the common roll.

Bomana Police College polling station had long time residents fronting the area to reason with officials.

When Loop PNG arrived, they had come to an understanding where residents write their names and vote.

APO David Luan said the concern now was making sure the name-list checks with the gender tally and the papers in the ballot box.

With an hour remaining, there are still some of the 1150 papers remaining.

Polling closes at 6pm.

UPNG polling yet to begin

Currently there is a dispute over the number of ballot papers which students and staff say is insufficient.

Based in the 2017 updated electoral roll, 1, 350 ballot papers have been issued for polling at the Drill Hall at UPNG.

This has been disputed with students saying there should around 4000 names on the electoral roll.

Currently the students and staff are awaiting an audience with the NCD Election Manager, Alwyn Jimmy.

Meantime, polling officials at the venue say the election manager has been informed.

VIDEO: Markham goes to the polls peacefully

The challenges begin from an out-dated electoral roll to the rugged geographical terrain.

These challanges at times leave emotions running high.

However, in some parts of the country people allow the democratic process of the elections to proceed without any grievances.

One such area is the Markham district in the Morobe district.


Freddy Mou with this story 

VIDEO: Lae polling starts amid voter frustration

The Lae Metropolitan Police Command reported that polling officials were faced with concerns over the electoral roll, where voters couldn't find their names registered.

On top of this, polling at the University of Technology at East Taraka got out of hand as angry voters burnt ballot papers in retaliation.


Salome Vincent reports 

Jiwaka polls uncertain

Provincial Election Manager Rossie Pandihau told Loop PNG that many things have yet to be sorted out before going to polls.

She said her team will be doing the check and balance on the ballot papers tomorrow and if they complete them on time, then they will go to polls.

"Otherwise if we couldn't finish the quality checks on time, then we will have to defer the polls to Saturday."

However, with a polling team of 184, Pandihau is confident to complete the polling on time on Saturday.