PNG Electoral Commission

LLG election dates announced

This year’s LLG elections will also see 14 provinces having people directly voting for their LLG presidents.

Prime Minister James Marape in announcing these new dates and changes also clarified that the remaining eight provinces which includes seven highlands provinces and Morobe opted to choose their LLG presidents the traditional way where councilors will elect them.

PNGEC gives update on voter enrolment

Section 126 of the Constitution mandates the PNG Electoral Commission the authority to manage and conduct the National and Local Level Government elections, and Non – Parliamentary elections under the organic law and regulations of elections.

Key election observations

The National Research Institute Spotlight volume 16, Issue 17 entitled: “Key findings from the 2022 National General Election observations in the Highlands region of Papua New Guinea” by Jeremy Goro, Research Fellow, gives an insight on how the National General Elections were conducted in the Highlands region. 

For campaign strategies, it was observed that campaign started well ahead prior to official nomination as awareness and lobbying for support. 

The key issues that were observed during the 2022 National General Elections were the following:

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. 

Safe elections, a challenge

Unfortunately, this has not been the case across the country, and conducting safe elections has been particularly challenging in several provinces, districts, and the nation’s Capital, Port Moresby.

Sinai has called on leaders, political parties, candidates, scrutineers, and their supporters to respect the electoral process and refrain from inciting violence or intervening in the counting process.

Polling to end this week amidst election violence

In yesterday’s media conference Commissioner Simon Sinai said, “I am working with the Police Commissioner, Joint Security Task Force, and other stakeholders to make sure that the integrity of the election is safeguarded.”

He called on leaders and candidates to respect the electoral process and refrain from inciting violence or intervening in the process.

“Those who burn ballot boxes, or schools, or houses; those who have harmed other and those who have threatened election officials hold the rest of our people hostage.

Involve Church In Election Duties: PM

He said this while appealing to all PNG Electoral Commission workers to uphold the integrity of the Commission during their processing of the elections. 
The Prime Minister was speaking in light of the news of a returning officer’s sentencing by Justice Theresa Berrigan to seven years in jail for “corruptly receiving K184,300 to influence the outcome of the elections for NCD seat in the 2017 general election” as reported in the media. 

Leave Returning Officers Alone: Sinai

In a press conference held on Friday 18 February, Commissioner Sinai said names of Returning Officers and Assistant Returning Officers will be announced in March, before the Issue of Writs in April.

He said his decision to hold back on announcing the names earlier was to avoid manipulation and influence that would negatively affect the outcome of election operations.

The Commission said it is important that people recognize the importance of the election process and it is the responsibility of the election management body to ensure that this happens. 

Sinai Updates On 2022 NGE

Commissioner Sinai made several significant announcements, among these, the appointment of the National Broadcasting Corporation PNG as the official broadcaster of the 2022 National General Elections.

Election dates are as follows:

TIPNG host BEIP workshop

This was the message shared with provincial election managers at a one-day workshop held in Port Moresby by Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) in partnership with the PNGEC recently.