Jennell Poigeno casts her vote in 2012 election (image: Flickr/Commonwealth/TaramiPapua New Guinea is gearing up for the 2017 elections. As with any election that has occurred in the past, some have been disappointed to find that their name is not on the common roll and therefore ineligible to vote. The PNG Electoral Commission, the statutory body responsible for the organisation and running of the elections has recently launched its website and under its “png rolllook” you can check whether your name is in their database.
In a recent media release, Papua New Guinea Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato announced the dates for the 2017 elections.
Unlike previous elections, the National election and Local Level Government Elections will be held concurrently. A move that is intended to save a sizeable portion of the Commission’s budget.
The Governor General is believed to have approved the dates and it is all systems go.
The Issue of Writs and Nomination will open on Thursday, 20th April, 2017 and nominations close 27th April. Polling is to start on June 24th and end on July 8th.
The Return of Writs is scheduled on or before July 24th August 7th for the Local Level Government.
If you would like to know whether your name is in the PNGEC database you can check online here. If you’re name doesn’t appear in the database, you may either have to recall the name you registered under or in the worst case scenario, contact the PNGEC to register.