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PNG Electoral Commission reverts to Traditional metal boxes

The Papua New Guinea Electoral Commission has decided to revert to using metal ballot boxes in the 2017 National Elections.
In 2012, it ordered 30,000 transparent ballot boxes from China, replacing the metal ones, which has been traditional election item in the country.
But Electoral Commissioner, Patilias Gamato says the PNG Electoral Commission is reverting to using metal ballot boxes.
The Commission will be ordering 20,000 metal ballot boxes from local manufacturer Barlow Industry.
The metal ballot boxes will be used in the highlands region while the plastic boxes will be used in the coastal areas.
In total the electoral commission will be distributing 2 million general and sensitive materials nationwide, weighing up to 55 tonnes.
Mr Gamato said he will be meeting with the Australian High Commissioner this week to see how the Australian Defence Force can assist in these elections, meanwhile all training manuals for polling and counting officials and scrutineers have been finalised for print.
Some 45,000 temporary electoral workers will be engaged for the exercise, most of whom will be public servants
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