12 Oct 2009

Bougainville elections set for next March

7:26 pm on 12 October 2009

The second general election for the autonomous Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville has been set for March next year.

The Post Courier newspaper reports Bougainville's acting Electoral Commissioner Reitama Taravaru as saying preparations for the 2010 elections are already underway.

Mr Taravaru says that next month a full awareness plan about the elections will be carried out, to educate people about the Limited Preferential Voting system.

The Electoral Commission will also be engaging the help of local councils of elders in updating the common rolls.

Mr Taravaru says they've identified areas where Bougainville will need support from the PNG Electoral Commission: mainly in communication, training, election regulations and funding.