4 Jul 2017

Some PNG electorates wrap up polling

12:39 pm on 4 July 2017

Twenty-nine electorates out of the total of 89 have completed polling in Papua New Guinea's election.

A polling officer reads an electoral roll to call out names for voters to step into the polling booth during the Papua New Guinea 2017 election.

A polling officer reads an electoral roll to call out names for voters to step into the polling booth during the Papua New Guinea 2017 election. Photo: RNZ / Johnny Blades

The Electoral Commission said officials were preparing to begin counting in these electorates in the coming days.

The two week polling period, which began ten days ago, is due to end this weekend.

So far polling in many parts of the country has been overshadowed by complaints from voters about finding their names missing from the electoral roll.

The Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato had acknowledged faults in the latest version of the roll and is allowing electorates to revert to the roll used in the 2012 election where need be.

Last week, the Commissioner also indicated he could extend the period if polling isn't completed on time.

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