24 Jul 2007

PNG Electoral Commissioner confident most seats will be declared within a day or so

3:26 pm on 24 July 2007

The Papua New Guinea's Governor-General Sir Paulias Matane is likely to be advised before the end of the week about which political party to invite to form PNG's next government.

The Post Courier newspaper reports the Electoral Commissioner Andrew Trawen saying he will pay a visit to Government House before the weekend to advise the Head of State.

But he was quick to point out that it was too early to predict the major players despite the ruling National Alliance Party having eight seats declared and around a dozen more where it is the most likely contender.

Independents also increased their numbers to four after the declarations

over the weekend, including human rights lawyer Powes Parkop.

The paper reports Mr Trawen saying he is convinced the majority of the 109 seats throughout the country will be declared early this week.