PNG electoral commission hopes for more money

8:50 am on 31 May 2016

Papua New Guinea's electoral commissioner is hoping the government will provide the funding needed to conduct the general election next year.

The comission has made a submission to the government for more than US$6 million to cover a programme to update the electoral roll, but only US$3 million was allocated.

Patilias Gamato said there are indications the government will approve a bill in the June session of parliament that will grant extra funding, but that will leave little to time to update the roll before the election.

Mr Gamato told the newspaper, The National, that money is also needed to order essential items from overseas.

He said the commission also has to settle outstanding bills from the 2012 election.