Electoral Commission

Nominees urge to be early says Sohe RO

This is to avoid a rush hour at the end of the day.

Speaking to Loop PNG Returning Officer for Sohe Open, Wesley Korapeba, appealed to all nominees to come early today to avoid a rush of nominations.

“We have sent out messages over the radio for those intending candidates to come in a bit earlier and get themselves nominated to avoid these last minute rush business,” he said.

As the time for nominations are reduced to hours, Returning Officers throughout the country are expected to receive a rush of nominations on the last day,

Young Okuk nominates for Moresby North East

The name Okuk first entered the corridors of Parliament in 1972 when firebrand, vocal and forthright Chimbu politician, Iambakey Okuk was voted in.

Later knighted, Sir Iambakey was noted for his forthright approach to issues of local and national importance and left a lasting legacy to the type of leadership, power and charisma he exuded.

However, the name had  disappeared from the political scene until Sir Iambakey’s  late son Tangil also contested in Chimbu but was not successful.

NCD electorates register more independent candidates

Assistant Returning Officer (ARO) for  Moresby Northeast Electorate accepted one candidate yesterday, bringing the total to six candidates as of 5pm yesterday.

Two from the six are contesting under a party – John Kaupa with PNG National Party and Andrew Mald with THE Party.

Two more nominations for Northwest Electorate were accepted yesterday bringing the total to seven candidates as of 5pm. Only one candidate is under a party – Eddie Aila with Melanesia Alliance Party.

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.

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.

NCD security operations in full swing

Police have started since early this morning as the signing of the writs will take place at the Government House today.

Security is being guaranteed by police that there will be no disruption today before, during and after the opening of the nominations and signing of the writs.

According to NCD Metropolitan Superintendent, Ben Turi, more than a thousand officers are ready to provide security starting today and onwards into the campaigning, polling and counting periods.

The general public is advised to be security conscious and observant as today’s event unfolds.

Candidates must have respect for community

NCD Metropolitan police commander Ben Turi stated this when he called on all NCD regional and open intending candidates to abide by rules and regulations during the election period.Turi spoke with Loop PNG about election operations in place, in anticipation of the start of nominations this Thursday (April 20) in the nation’s capital.

He made special mention on the scrutineers and supporters that frequent the streets in trucks with loud hailers, calling on them to be mindful of the times that they carry out this form of campaigning.

Police operation for NCD Elections on track

The NCD metropolitan police commander Ben Turi has given this assurance when confirming with PNG Loop that his 1,700 police personnel are on standby to deliver the operations.

He says that all NCD polling booths have been confirmed with his operations staff with scheduled personnel to be assigned to man them.

“There will be a minimum of ten officers stationed at the polling sites,” he adds.

Election ballot papers arrive in PNG

The election materials were printed in Indonesia.

Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato confirmed to Loop PNG that “ballot papers arrived on Tuesday and have been cleared.

 “They will be under tight guard by Police and Army in a secured place.”

Because of the security protocol, the PNG Electoral Commission will not disclose the location where the ballot papers are being kept for safe keeping for voting in June.   

PNG elections unconventional: Dr Gelu

Dr Gelu said it is influenced by the environment and culture of the people.  

“Our systems of elections in PNG are still very much influence by factors that are clearly unconventional, factors that are illegal and truly undemocratic.”

Dr Gelu was speaking on Tuesday, to journalists attending a media election training workshop conducted by the PNG Electoral Commission (PNGEC) and Australian Electoral Commission.        

He said the conduct of election is the core business of PNGEC.