PNG Electoral Commission (PNGEC)

PNGEC Welcomes Inclusion Of Electorates

Yesterday Parliament unanimously accepted the 2021 Electoral Boundaries Commission (EBC) Recommendations and Maps (EBC Report). In the report, seven new electorates were enacted with their respective elections to be held this year.

The electorates are; Delta Fly, Hiri-Koiari, Popondetta, Nakanai, Wau-Waria, Komo-Hulia and Porgera-Paiela.

Six new electorates were also enacted with their respective elections to be held in the 2027 National General Elections. They are; Baniara, Motu-Koitabu, Baining, Middle Sepik, Mendi Central and Anglimp.

Electoral Roll Update In Central Yet To Start

This was part of its ongoing Building Elections Integrity through Partnership Project (BEIP), funded under the PNG-Australia Partnership for Development.

During the awareness meetings with public officials, police, youth and churches, and citizens, serious concerns regarding the Electoral Roll Update were expressed. Apparently, the Electoral Roll Update exercise has not commenced and is lacking coordination through the Central Provincial Election Steering Committee.

NIP To Exercise Constitutional Rights

The New Ireland Provincial Administrator and Chairman of the Provincial Election Steering Committee, Lamiller Pawut, called on the Electoral Commission exercising its Constitutional rights by charging individuals and political parties attempting to defraud the State and citizens of PNG on updates concerning the Common Roll allegedly to help the Commission.

TIPNG Concerned Over Delay In EC’s Appointment

Moreover, ensure that this appointment is formalized in accordance with the Organic Law on National and Local Level Government Elections Sections 5 and 7.

While Prime Minister, Jame Marape has restated his position during the Parliament sitting on Wednesday, 17th of November that the elections will proceed as planned.

PNGEC Prepares for recount

Court has ordered the electoral commission present their plans and budget.

Mr Sinai said on Friday 27th August that he approved the appointments of the Returning Officer and Assistant Returning Officers for the recount exercise.

The Acting Commissioner confirmed that ballot boxes have arrived in Mendi. The PNGEC are working with relevant partners such as the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary (RPNGC) for election operations.

He also stated that the venue is yet to be decided.

Sinai said, “Venue to be in one of these places, Hagen or Goroka.”