NCD counting

Police out on full force

This is the location where the votes for NCD Regional and Moresby North West seats are being counted.

Loop PNG observed police out on full force as every counting official and scrutineers bags and pockets were being checked before entering the counting premises.

With only two scrutineers allowed into the counting facility, other scrutineer spectators could be seen watching from outside the fence.

Also this morning, the NCD Metropolitan Superintendent, Ben Turi paid a visit to check up on the progress of the officers.

NCD Candidates still adamant on usage of CCTV

This afternoon they opted to purchase the CCTV for counting in NCD after Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato told them that the use of CCTV was not budgeted for, when responding to their petition.

He also told them that by law, scrutineers were allowed to scrutinize polling and counting.

NCD counting preparations underway

The exact date for counting is yet to be confirmed but the team anticipates to start no later than this week.

Jimmy said he and his team are working around the clock to ensure all counting materials, kits and logistics and venues are set before counting starts.

Counting officials have commenced their training today as part of the lead up preparation.

Counting for Moresby South will be done at KilaKila Secondary School Hall, Moresby North East at Sir John Guise Stadium while Moresby North West & NCD Provincial at Rita Flynn Courts.

NCD scrutineers told to abide by dress code

Turi said the Electoral Commission has set that all scrutineers be in White shirts with clear Identification in order for them to be eligible to enter into the counting premises.

He says that anyone dressed inappropriately or without clear identification will not be allowed into the counting venues.

All supporters are also being warned that police will not hesitate to use force if they must; they are advised to be vigilant but also cooperative with the police and other supporters.