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Commissioner Gamato announces the 2018 LLG Election Schedule

Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato has officially announced the program for the 2018 Local-level Government Elections.

Minister for Inter-Government Relations Kevin Isifu has approved the dates for the conduct of the LLG elections on February 7, 2018.

Mr. Gamato outlines the 2018 LLG Elections program as follows:

Issue of Writs & Nominations Open:- Thursday, 26 July, 2018
Close of Nominations:- Wednesday, 1 August, 2018
Start of Polling:- Monday, 20 August, 2018
End of Polling:- Monday, 3 September, 2018
Return of Writs on or before:- Monday, 24 September, 2018

In terms of preparations, he said that PNGEC has already started preparation work for the conduct of the LLG elections.

Commissioner Gamato meantime clarified that confusion surrounding the election of LLG presidents in the 2018 LLG elections.

“The National Executive Council in December 2015 had approved by way of a Cabinet decision that Ward Members will elect LLG presidents in their respective legislative assemblies.”

“That decision still stands. And unless there’s a change in the decision, PNGEC will conduct one election for the Ward Members in the 2018 LLG elections using the Limited Preferential Voting (LPV) system.”
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