3 Feb 2006

Review finds 2.2 million 'ghost voters' on PNG common roll

4:36 pm on 3 February 2006

A review of the Papua new Guinea Common Roll has found that there are 2.2 million more names than there should be on the common roll.

The newspaper, The National, says the Electoral Commissioner Andrew Trawen has described the roll as uselss.

Mr Trawen says PNG will require a completely new roll for the 2007 general elections, which is due in 14 months.

He says the review shows an estimated 2.7 million eligible voters, despite there being 4.9 million voters registered on the roll.