27 Jun 2007

Accuracy of PNG election rolls questioned in at least two provinces

8:38 am on 27 June 2007

Candidates in two Papua New Guinea provinces have raised questions about the accuracy of the common rolls which have just been released by the Electoral Commission.

In Enga province 18 candidates contesting the Kompiam-Ambum electorate handed a petition to Electoral Commission officials claiming figures for some polling areas were different from those that were approved by the provincial election steering committee and sent to Port Moresby for printing.

They identified 11 polling areas with this discrepancy.

In Mendi, a group of 20 candidates contesting the Southern Highlands' Imbonggu electorate, claimed that electoral rolls for their electorate have not been made public although it is now only a week before voting.

They claimed that certain candidates were conspiring with election officials to grossly inflate figures.

The Electoral Commission has yet to respond to the complaints