2017 Elections

Zeming nominates to defend seat

The former deputy prime minister signed the nomination papers in Sialum Council Chamber, witnessed by elder brother Dr Agewa Zeming and Assistant Returning Officer Alpha Mark.

Villagers from Siassi island crossed the sea in six dinghies to stand with the Minister as he nominated. They also contributed the K1,000 nomination fee.

Their spokesman Banabas Nalong said their gesture was to show their appreciation for the services that have been delivered to the islanders in the last five years.

Adventists urged to pray for elections

Head of the church in the country, President Pastor Kepsie Elodo, said the national elections needs support from the church.

“Every church member must pray so God will appoint good leaders to run our nation,” Ps Elodo said.

“Let us pray for a trouble-free election. We don’t want harm and destruction to lives and assets.

“Voters must respect each other and the Holy Spirit will provide the peace that is needed.”

He also called on church members to ensure that they are united during the polling period.

Nomination fees to be paid at BSP bank

Concerned returning officers said no cash will be taken in at nominating offices for candidates to file their nominations.

Returning Officer for Rigo, Virgil Waisa said these are strict instructions coming from the Electoral Commission since the issuing of writs last Thursday.

All monies should be deposited into the Electoral Commission Trust Account at BSP Boroko branch: Account number 1000489658.

“We will only accept BSP deposit slips showing the amount paid in full which we will keep for record for the Electoral Commission,” Waisa said.

​No convoying in the city: Police

This is causing traffic jams for other road users in the city.

Traffic police have warned against the overloading of passenger vehicles and trucks going around in the city and candidates should not entertain this behaviour.

Police will be out and about to make sure those road users, especially supporters of candidates, do not overload and follow traffic rules in the Capital.

Elections operations for police have started way before the issuing of writs and will be continuing throughout the campaign and polling period.

Lae police warn candidates

Metropolitan Commander, Chief Superintendent Anthony Wagambie Jr: "I want all the intending candidates and their supporters to conduct their campaign according to the laws of the elections.

"We will be out in full force to make sure these laws are observed and adhered to.”

Wagambie Jr stated that if they are in a convoy, they must sit inside their vehicles and not stand up.

He said they know those candidates are leaders in their own rights and would observe these rules but in case some accidentally step out of line or cause nuisance.

Truck loads convoy for nominations for Rigo Open

Since the opening of nominations, three nominated yesterday; the first being a female; Vavine Kila Nades from Kamili Village with two male independent candidates; Naga Gamoga Agarobe from Gabagaba and Lekwa Gure from Babaka.

This afternoon at 1:32pm, another independent candidate,  Richard Faroba, originally from Southern Highlands married to a local from the inland LLG of Rigo entered the Rigo district office to pay his nomination fee.

Ialibu-Pangia gears up for Prime Minister’s nomination

O’Neill is in Mendi and is expected to arrive anytime soon. People have lined the road with placards, banners, painted vehicles all showing support for the Prime Minister and his PNC Party.

O’Neill nominates in Pangia today to retain his Ialibu-Pangia seat. It is too early to know how many candidates will be contesting in this electorate.

 Loop PNG will provide the complete information of the number of candidates running against the Prime Minister by the close of nomination next week.

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.

Public transportation to be disrupted

Bus stops were empty by lunch time today, with most buses being parked at open areas like the Jack Pidik Park, where the nominations for the regional seat will be held.

Since 8am, regional seat campaigners and supporters were seen gathering and convoying in buses to show their support for their members.

About 50 to 70 PMVs are already parked, with more than a thousand supporters; some dressed in traditional attires.

More campaigners and supporters are expected to arrive in convoys to show their support.

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Delegates arrive at Government House

His Excellency, Governor-General Bob Dadae, will pre-sign the instruments/writs at 10am.

The GG will commence the 22 provincial instruments, plus Kabwum Open seat instrument/writ.

The issuing of writs signifies the start of nominations for intending candidates to contest the elections, which will commence at 4pm.

The nomination period will close at 4pm on April 27, followed by eight weeks of campaign, two weeks of polling and two weeks of counting period.

Return of Writs of the election must be before July 24.