3 Oct 2008

Dates for Bougainville Presidential election released

3:46 pm on 3 October 2008

Papua New Guinea's autonomous Bougainville region will have a new president by Christmas.

The PNG electoral commission says a by-election will decide who replaces former president Joseph Kabui who died from a heart attack in June this year.

Bougainville acting electoral commissioner Mathias Pihei says nominations close on November 7th with polling starting on November 30th and running until December 12th.

The vote count is expected to be completed by December 22.