Electoral Commission (PNGEC)

Sinai Address Security Issues

He said the PNGEC is working closely with the Joint Security Task Force to coordinate and share information to ensure a safe voting environment for all.

“I thank the Royal PNG Constabulary, PNG Defence and Correctional Services for their important contributions to the security of the election and the people of PNG,” said Sinai.

He has also warned the public that those who commit electoral offences will be dealt with accordingly.

“Impunity for electoral crimes will not be tolerated. Those who commit offences should be met with the full force of the law.

Return of writs on July 29th

Electoral Commissioner Simon Sinai said the goal is to have all 118 electoral writs returned on the 29th of July 2022.

“Our goal at the Electoral Commission is to return the 118 electoral writs on time by the 29th July 2022, the date by which the majority of writs for the 2022 National General Election must be return to the GG.”         

Counting has also commenced for some provinces while the Tari-Pori Open seat has been declared. Incumbent James Marape, is member-elect for Tari-Pori Open.

Central EC Officers Undergo Training

Team Central consists of Returning Officers and Assistant Returning officers from Hiri/Koiari, Kairuku, Goilala, Rigo and Abau district who attended a two-day training.

Election Manager for Central Province, Peter Malaifeope said the aim of the training is to upskill the team on the voting system.

Provincial Awareness & Training Officer, Lister Gabi will be training the officers in theory and practical to assist. He stated that most of the RO’s and ARO’s are aware of the system and have conducted the past two elections, however needed a refresher.  

PNGEC recommended to conduct review

This is the recommendation from the Commonwealth Observer Group (COG) after the 2017 National elections.

It stated that the review should include a specific component on the transparency of the PNGEC's operations, which needs to be improved in order to enhance the credibility of the PNGEC and the electoral process.

The COG states that it is critical that the PNGEC be provided with timely and adequate funding, and that government should consider introducing arrangements for direct appropriation of funds to the PNGEC to ensure its independence.

Election Preparations Underway

The Electoral Commission’s strategic plan, operational plans, and timelines, adhere to the electoral legal framework.

The Electoral Commission, the electoral authority, established under Section126 of the Constitution is tasked with organizing and conducting national elections and local-level government elections.

The Commission in a statement has confirmed that the preparation for the national elections this year is well underway.