29 Jun 2007

PNG Electoral Commission says rolls satisfactory for poll starting tomorrow

10:09 am on 29 June 2007

In Papua New Guinea around two thousand additional security personnel are in place and the Electoral Commission says it's ready for the country's first poll under the limited preferential system.

The election begins tomorrow with 2740 candidates vying for 109 parliamentary seats.

The electoral rolls have been completely redone for this poll, with the aim of eliminating thousands of fictitious entries, but some candidates have complained that they are not completely clean.

Our correspondent in Port Moresby, Alex Rheeney, reports the Electoral Commissioner, Andrew Trawen, saying he is confident that the rolls, while not perfect, are satisfactory.

"While there have been accusations coming in from candidates that some of the electoral rolls in a number of electorates have been inflated, or under counted, the Electoral Commissioner is confident that the current electoral roll is free of corruption and that it will definitely do the job."

The election period is due to run until July 10th with a new government not likely to be formed before August.