1 Dec 2009

Counting of votes in Kandep by-election in PNG begins today

8:47 am on 1 December 2009

The counting of votes in the Kandep by-election in Papua New Guinea's Enga Province is expected to get underway this morning.

This comes after the poll was redone in three areas of the electorate last week and a decision made to hold the count in Goroka in Eastern Highlands because of violence in the electorate.

Goroka, which is two hundred kilometres from Kandep, is seen as a neutral venue by the Electoral Commissioner, Andrew Trawen.

The by election came after the courts overturned the victory of former Deputy Prime Minister Don Polye in the general election two years ago.

The acting returning officer Simon Sinai says they hope to begin the count this morning at eight.