Electoral Commissioner

​No election funding hiccups: Lupari

In this year’s national budget, the National Government allocated K400 million to fund the country’s election.

In a statement, Lupari said two separate trust accounts have been created – one for PNG Electoral Commission to draw its K279 million and the other for security agencies to draw down their K121 million for election security operations.

Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato and Police Commissioner Gari Baki will look after their individual trust accounts.

Ballot papers still being held in POM

Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato said, “ballot papers will be unpacked and repacked in the coming weeks according to enrolment figures for each electorate, LLG and wards.

“They will be dispatched two weeks prior to commencement of polling on 24th June.”

All ballot papers since arriving from Indonesia have been kept at an undisclosed location.

The 2017 National Election campaign period will end on June 23, followed by 14 days of polling.  

Gamato said, PNG Electoral Commission projected a voter turnout of 4.7 million eligible voters.

Electoral Commission expects 4.7 million people to vote

“In 2012, a total of 4.7 million registered on the (Electoral) Roll,” Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato said.   

“For 2017, PNGEC is projecting some 5.1 million or 5.2 million eligible voters based on the 3.1 per cent annual average growth rate of PNG population as posted by National Statistical Office.

“Out of the 4.7 million registered voters in 2012, only 3.7 million actually cast their votes.

“Therefore, in 2017, PNGEC is projecting that out of the 5.1 million or 5.2 million eligible voters, only 4.7 million may actually cast their votes.”

Supreme Court stays Knight’s dismissal

Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia this afternoon stayed the decision of the Leadership Tribunal on May 1, 2015 that recommended his dismissal from office, following the tribunal’s finding of guilt on him on March 20, 2015.

He ordered that the state and Electoral Commission including its officers or agents, permit Ronny Knight to nominate to contest the elections.

In light of this decision, Loop PNG was informed by Knight that he will be nominating tomorrow.

Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato also confirmed with this newsroom that Knight can nominate to contest.

K80m received for 2017 Elections

Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato confirmed during the issue of Writs that the Commission has so far spent over K50 million.

Gamato said some of the funds have been committed and will be used up.

In terms of awareness, much of the cost is going towards publishing posters to be distributed across the country.

“The awareness posters have been distributed to all the election managers in the provinces to be put up in the electorates for the public to see.

Papers’ security will not be compromised: EC

Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato made this comment after PNGEC would not disclose the location of the 11 containers of ballot papers.

“They will be under tight guard by Police and Army in a secured place,” Gamato told Loop PNG last week.  

The Electoral Commissioner said in the next one-and-a-half months, the ballot papers will be unpacked from the containers, repacked according to enrolment numbers for each provinces, and dispatched two weeks prior to the commencement of polling on June 24.

Gamato: K1,000 election fee remains

Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato said the fee remains the same after parliament failed to do the second and third readings to amend the Organic Law on National and LLG Elections. 

“The proposed amendments are still the property of parliament and will await the new parliament to deliberate on.”

The coalition Government was adamant to increase the nomination fee to K10,000, claiming it will support the PNG Electoral Commission run the elections and also stop ‘traim lak’ candidates from contesting.

Over 4000 candidates to contest: EC

The Issue of Writs will be on April 20, followed by candidates’ nomination, campaign and election period in June.  

Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato revealed that a total of 4068 intending candidates had filled and submitted the candidate bio-data form (Form 29).

According to statistics released by the PNG Electoral Commission, the Highlands Region registered the highest number of intending candidates with a progressive total of 1719.

Followed by Momase with 1017, Southern with 998 and New Guinea Islands with only 334.

Gamato: Preliminary electoral roll completed

Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato said he is quite pleased with the tremendous effort put in by temporary electoral workers in updating the roll.

He said the preliminary roll will be used for nominations when the 2017 election writs are open on April 20.

“What this means is that the process of updating the 2017 roll (will) continue until all verification is completed right across the country,” he said.

Currently, the preliminary roll is displayed publicly in all electorates for voter verification and objection.

ROs and ARO’s list to be adjusted

During a National Alliance Party event in which Gamato was invited to give an update on the commissions preparations, he revealed that they were currently addressing the issue as some of the RO’s and ARO’s decided to contest the elections while a few have passed on.