12 countries to send observer missions for PNG election

10:08 am on 24 April 2017

Papua New Guinea's elections commissioner says 12 countries and organisations will be sending observer missions for this year's election.

PNG Electoral Commissioner, Patilias Gamato.

PNG Electoral Commissioner, Patilias Gamato. Photo: EMTV

Patilias Gamato's announcement comes as the Governor General Sir Bob Dadae issued the writs to formally begin an election period that will last until July.

Mr Gamato said the electoral commission had enlisted the United Nations Development Programme's assistance to help co-ordinate the influx of observers.

So far, the Commonwealth Secretariat, Transparency International, the European Union, Australia, New Zealand, Britain, the United States, China, France, Japan, and the Pacific Islands Forum have expressed interest.

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