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International observers keen to participate in PNG elections
5:16 pm GMT+12, 20/04/2017, Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea Election boss Patilias Gamato has updated the list of international observers to be in the country during the election period.
 
He said international observers have expressed interest to monitor the National Election.
 
“A couple of big missions are coming. The missions who have expressed interest to come and observe the election are Commonwealth Secretariat, Transparency international, DFAT (Australia Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade), European Union, head of mission Britain, head of mission US Embassy, New Zealand.”
 
“People’s Republic of China, Republic of France, Australian National University, Japan and Pacific Islands Forum.”
 
With the increasing number of international observation teams Gamato said in a previous statement that the electoral commission will enlist the assistance of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to help coordinate the work of observers in the country.
 
“Because we will be busy running elections so we don’t have the time, a small team between PNGEC, Department of Foreign Affairs and Immigration and PM’s Department have been put together and assigned to help UNDP.”
 
He said with international observers expressing interest, it is paramount the commission ensure the electoral all processes in the polling to be within the requirements- making an example with the issuing of the number of ballot papers to the voting population.
 
“Ballot papers being released will have to be based on the updated roll and that of the expected number of increase measured from the growth rate.”
 
“3.1 per cent times five years that is 15.5 per cent of the population was at last in 2012. If we start releasing more paper our enrollment figures will be greater than our population and we will have observers watching us and they will be laughing at us,” he said.

SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS


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