19 Dec 2003

PNG electoral authorities pleased with first test of new voting system

11:30 am on 19 December 2003

The acting Electoral Commissioner in Papua New Guinea says voters in Chimbu and Western Highlands, who face by-elections within the first four months of next year, have to follow the great example set by the people of Abau.

Andrew Trawen says the just completed Abau by-election, the first under the new system of proportional voting, LPV, was a success because voters peacefully respected and followed the law.

Angalimp-South Waghi in Western Highlands is to have a by-election after the death of MP Paul Wai, while Chimbu Provincial has been vacant since Governor Fr Louie Ambane died of cancer.

Mr Trawen says the people of Abau have shown LPV is easy to understand and works well.

He says the independent observers brought in to monitor the week long voting have given the by-election top marks.