By STEPHANIE ELIZAH
PNG Electoral Commissioner Andrew Trawen has announced March 21 as the date for the issue of writs for the
It is to fill the vacant seat left by former North Bougainville member Michael Ogio, who is now the governor-general, and is expected to cost the state K2.6 million.
Trawen, who was in
“Following the issue of writs, close of nomination will be on March 28 with polling on May 14 and end on May 20.
“The return of writs will be on June 10,” Trawen said.
“We aim to see a peaceful and democratic by-election. Despite the time constraints, I am confident it will progress at a comfortable pace,” Taravaru said.
Preparations by the
They include civil society groups, police, Leitana Women’s Council and United church AIDS council.
“Due to the time constraints in preparing the roll before the issue of writs, we will be using the ABG electoral rolls used in the last election with village assembly clerks assisting to prepare the election roll because of their local knowledge of the area and the people,” Taravaru said.
Six assisting returning officers to be nominated by the PNG electoral commission will be assisting Taravaru, who will be the returning officer for the by-election.