Electoral Commissioner Simon Sinai

Sinai gives election update

He said the minister for provincial and local level government affairs made this announcement.

Sinai said roll update is still a factor that is causing inconvenience in the conduct of the 2022 national general election which is still the same issue with the LLG election.

“Despite the inconvenience we have completed the ward records, we will get the electoral roll to print and do verifications on the ward roll,” he said.

Losing candidates put on notice

Electoral Commissioner, Simon Sinai said the Commission will work with the Attorney General and police to implement those court orders to recover costs to the State. 

“Although we respect the right of the person, court awarded cost is a must that it be adhered to and implemented. The court will now be informed of the status of their orders are not being respected so we will start executing the orders,” he said. 

Elections Almost Done: Sinai

Electoral Commissioner, Simon Sinai said about 109 Writs were returned after counting for Provincial and Open electorates were completed in many parts of the country.

He thanked all election officials for doing a tremendous job under difficult circumstances, particularly in the Highlands region in making sure that counting was completed and winners declared.

The Commissioner urged electoral officials in those electorates that are still counting to speed up and complete counting before Monday 15 August and have the remaining Writs returned

EC warns impersonators

Sinai made these comments after two of his official letters directing the Returning Officer for Wapenamanda Open Electorate to count the last ballot box for Tapend LLG ward was refused because there was a fake letter stopping them from counting the Tapend Box.

Commissioner Sinai said these impersonators and faceless individuals represent no one, and have no respect and heart for the work the Commission is doing to deliver the 2022 National General Elections. 

Ex-Convicts Disqualified To Contest

Sinai said, “One of the main events that take place prior to conducting election proper in any general elections is the education and awareness program, where we conduct massive awareness to the voters and candidates throughout the country on the electoral process.

“These pre-election activities are an essential part of the election preparations and the Commission through its Information and Communication Awareness Branch ensures that such vital message involving voter education and awareness is communicated to the public.