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Papua New Guinea

Motu-Koitabu polling starts this weekend

THE Motu-Koitabu elections in the National Capital District will go ahead as schedule with polling to start this weekend.

The funding of K900,000 has been released and received by the PNG Electoral Commission to print the ballot papers and conduct the election.

Ballot papers have been printed and delivered to the PNGEC and are being repacked in preparation for voting.

The elections details are

Issue of Writs August 30

Close of Nominations: September 6

Polling Starts September 29

Polling Ends October 16

Return of Writs October 26.

Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato said under the Motu-Koitabu Act 2007 the PNG Electoral Commission is required to assist in conducting the Motu-Koitabu elections.

He said preparations to conduct the elections are currently progressing well.

Ballot papers for the Motu-Koitabu elections would be printed locally, color-coded and in a pad of 50 ballot papers with serialized numbering and bar coded.

There would be three different ballot papers to be issued to each voter and they (ballot papers) would have different color coding on an A-4 size paper with ward names printed on them.

Ballot paper for Motu-Koitabu chairman – Sky blue; Ballot paper for Ward Member – Yellow (Gold); Ballot paper for Women’s Rep Motu-Koitabu East – Green; and Ballot paper for Women’s Rep Motu-Koitabu West – Pink

On voting day, women voters will be issued with three ballot papers while men will be issued with two ballot papers.

There are 14 wards in Motu-Koitabu – eight wards in Motu-Koitabu West and six wards in Motu-Koitabu East.

Motu Koitabu West has some 33,950 registered voters while Motu-Koitabu East has about 14,450 registered voters.

Wards in Motu-Koitabu West are Araira, Baruni, Elevala Lahara, Elevala Laurabada, Elevala Mirigini, Porepada Lahara, Porebada Laurabada and Tatana.

Wards in Motu-Koitabu East are Kirakira, Korobosea, Mahuru, Pari Taoata, Pari Taurama and Vabukori

Returning Officer for the Motu-Koitabu elections is Election Manager for NCD Terence Hetinu while the two assistant returning officers are Michael Are (Motu-Koitabu West) and Claire Gibson (Motu-Koitabu East).

Poll workers were currently in the process of being recruited while counting venues would be secured in the coming weeks.

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