Electoral Commission

Polye calls for transparent elections

Polye made the call when responding to Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s call on politicians to let Gamato carry out his constitutional duties in handling the election.

 He said the Commissioner’s conduct so far had proved that he was not discharging his constitutional duties independently as he should have been.

Polye said he has only been guiding the Electoral Commissioner to perform his constitutional duties to deliver a free and fair election.

He said Gamato’s conduct has already started the process of rigging the election process.

Lera applauds preparation of Bougainville’s Referendum

Earlier this week in an agreement signing between the National Government and the Autonomous Bougainville Government and their two electoral commissions, the PNG Electoral Commission and the Bougainville Electoral Commission, agreed for an establishment of an independent body, the Bougainville Referendum Commission (BRC), which will oversee the running of Bougainville’s Referendum.

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Service providers from last election front PNGEC

Joe Lat, David Akipa and Tetias Narina were three of the many service providers that Loop PNG caught up with outside the Electoral Commission office.

 They claimed that the Electoral Commission is yet to pay them for the services they provided in the 2012 National Election.

“There are good number of us who provided services for the 2012 Elections and it’s not just us, here in NCD but other provinces as well.”

Juffa condemns electoral reforms

He said it was totally absurd to be suddenly making amendments and reforms now when the Government had five years to do so with adequate consultation with all stakeholders.

"To not consult stakeholders such as the people, is totally arrogant and autocratic. It smacks of election rigging.

“Why now? Why also withhold funding for Electoral Roll updates for provinces and why delays on security assessments and other preparatory work?”

Dr Marat asks PM to explain appointment of poll officials

This was the response by Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, to a Question without Notice from the Opposition in yesterday’s (Tuesday) Parliament sitting.

Rabaul MP and Shadow Minister for Justice and Attorney General, Dr Allan Marat, asked O’Neill to explain rumours that the NEC had input in the appointments.

“Can you explain the information that is going around that Cabinet has caused gazettal of a list of returning officers for the country, that has never had any input at all from all the stakeholders from the provinces and the Electoral Commission?” queried Marat.

International help sought for 2017 election

Some of the agencies that have pledged support include the Australian Electoral Commission (AES), the New Zealand Department of Foreign Affairs (NZDFAT), and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES).

“We are getting support on technical issues and looking at gaps and recommending to us how we can improve on our gaps,” said Gamato.

The NZDFAT, for instance, are assisting the PNG Electoral Commission with the National Procurement and Logistics Plan.

The plan will assist the commission fit in the assistance of organizations and other donor agencies.

Ghost names out: Gamato

This follows a vigorous cleansing exercise.

Speaking to political party executives in a workshop on Thursday, Gamato said a roll cleansing of the entire country has been completed.

“The exercise began around November-December last year and we began cleansing the 2012 roll.”

“And surprisingly enough, we found a lot of discrepancies on the roll so we went through by cleansing the roll with the assistance of the Australian Electoral Commission,” said Gamato.

Court refuses to stay re-count

The Supreme Court today refused to allow a Slip Rule application that was filed by sitting Kandep MP, Don Polye to proceed to a hearing.

Polye filed the slip rule application asking the court to revisit its decision of Sept 6, alleging the court fell into error when it issued an order for a re-count.

On May 2, the National Court ordered a count of 5 disputed ballot boxes from the areas of  Lungutenges No.1, Kombros No.1, Kambia No. 1, Maru and Imipaka however the Full court on Sept 6 varied that order, and told the Electoral Commission to conduct a re-count in 30 days.

Supreme Court orders re-count of ballot boxes for Kandep

Justices Allen David, Jacinta Murray and Frazer Pitpit in a unanimous decision upheld the two separate Supreme Court Election Petition Reviews that were filed by Don Polye and Alfred Luke Manase.

The three-judge Supreme Court bench quashed order 1 of the National Court Election Petition that set aside Polye’s election as member elect for Kandep.  

The Supreme Court also ordered the Electoral Commission to conduct a re-count of the ballot papers within the next 30 days.