Electoral Commission

EC highlights ‘steady progress’ with payments

Commissioner Patilias Gamato said the human resource team has processed payments for 65 of the 89 districts so far and has established an agreement with Bank South Pacific to give priority to these payments.

He said in a statement that as districts complete their counts and verify their counting officials, these payments are also being made.

“The BSP bank checks each batch of payments as they are received to check that bank account details are correct and that accounts are active.

Gamato: There is no media ban

Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato said this when responding to the reported media ban at the NCD counting venue on Wednesday, following the arrest of NCD Election Manager Alwyn Jimmy on Monday night.

“Media is a very important stakeholder in the 2017 National Election because the media provides independent scrutiny of the election process to ensure that the whole process is transparent, impartial and has integrity,” he said in a statement.

​Candidates demand halt to quality checks

The candidates have petitioned the Electoral Commission to stop quality checks because their scrutineers were not present during counting on Sunday (July 9) and Monday night.

The candidates claim that there was foul play during the counting process.

Candidate Joe Daure, on behalf of the candidates, highlighted that the Electoral Commission must look into this issue.

In the petition, the candidates have demanded for two scrutineers to be present at the counting venue and allow them to closely observe the counting of the ballot papers.

Polling officials demand payments

A large crowd comprising presiding and assistant presiding officers have fronted up at the Electoral Commission’s Boroko Office to make their demand.

Most of the officials are those that conducted polling in Moresby North-West and Moresby North-East.

They claim they are yet to be paid their risk allowances as well as camping allowances.

While polling allowances were paid, they claim some received full amounts while others had to share.

The officials want payments to be made immediately before counting begins.

People have right to vote: O'Neill

O’Neill made this appeal after casting his vote in his home village in Kauwo in Pangia, Southern Highlands District.

He said every Papua New Guinean must be given opportunity to participate meaningfully and actively in this elections.

"The Electoral Commission must do everything possible, for every citizen that wants to vote in this Election, to be able to do so by allowing 2012 and the new rolls to be used together to identify people voting.

What constitutes a failed election?

But what constitutes a failed election? And who calls the shots in such time?

At the Issue of Writes on April 20, the Electoral Commission re-activated the function of the Election Advisory Committee for the 2017 National Election.

The committee’s role is to report directly to Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato and to provide recommendations and advice on matters relating to cancelation and withdrawal of writ for an election.

​Hundreds vote at Works compound

Yesterday, polling at the station was suspended when only 197 ballot papers were distributed to the station, which caters to over a thousand eligible voters in the area.

Additional 750 papers were issued after residents confronted the officials at Rita Flynn and proceeded to the Electoral Commission.

Polling for the station was extended to today, Saturday, July 1.

Team 177 commenced polling at around 11 o’clock with a total of 947 papers, as confirmed by Presiding Officer Martin Kamas.

​Daily polling update from Electoral Commission

According to the Electoral Commission, 73 percent (65 electorates) of all electorates have commenced polling as scheduled while 19 percent (17 electorates) are gazetted to start later in the polling period.

“3 percent of electorates were rescheduled to a later date and 4 percent (4 electorates) of electorates have not yet commenced polling in accordance with the gazette.”

Meanwhile, the National Capital District and Southern Highlands will start their one-day polling today. 

​NCD polling venues changed

Download a copy of the NCD polling schedule here: https://goo.gl/pNNpJc

The EC says: “Polling booths are organised based on voters’ LAST name.

“If there are multiple polling booths at your polling place, you will need to find your polling booth.

Gamato urges employers to allow staff to vote

Polling was deferred yesterday after electoral officials raised concerns over non-payment of their allowances.

Gamato highlighted that polling is an important process and a democratic right so employers must allow their workers to vote on Friday.

“In the past elections, people have gone out to vote and there have been some arrangements between themselves and their employers.

“With the deferral of polling, I think people can make adjustments again as it is only one day polling.