15 May 2007

PNG election system a challenge for the poorly educated

1:08 pm on 15 May 2007

An advocate for women's rights in the Papua New Guinea Highlands says she doubts many people in the remote area where she lives will vote in the upcoming election.

The new limited preferential voting system will require voters to select up to three candidates - tick the boxes and write the names of those chosen.

Agnes Sil of Kup Women for Peace in Chimbu province says that system is likely to prove too difficult for many people.

"We are in the grassroots level and a lot of people don't know how to write I don't think it is going to work. Maybe they can go in with someone else and cast their vote."

Agnes Sil