Two separate by-elections to begin in PNG

1:19 pm on 10 July 2015

Papua New Guinea's electoral commissioner says things are on target for polling to begin tomorrow in two separate by-elections.

Vanimo harbour, West Sepik province, Papua New Guinea.

Vanimo harbour, West Sepik province, Papua New Guinea. Photo: RNZ / Johnny Blades

Sir Andrew Trawen says officials have been trained, and transport, security and funds arranged for the two week voting period in the Goilala and West Sepik Open electorates.

He told the Post Courier that 397 police will be deployed to provide security for the polling teams and a defence force plane will be used to transport personnel for the polls.

A by-election was declared in Goilala after its MP, Daniel Mona, died of malaria in February.

The West Sepik seat has been vacant for two years, after the Supreme Court in 2013 ruled out the 2012 national election victory of Amkat Mai and called for a by-election, which is only just happening.

The polling period ends on the 24th of July.

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