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PNG Electoral Commissioner Gamato announces Revised dates for LLG Polls

PNG Electoral commission Gamato has released the following statement concerning LLG Polls this year.
"I would like to officially announce that the court delayed 2019 LLG elections will now proceed under the new revised dates as approved on 6 June by the caretaker Minister for Inter Government Relations Richard Maru.

Under the new revised program the Electoral Commission will have to work under a very tight timeline to deliver the LLG elections."

The new revised dates for the 2019 LLG elections are as follows:

♦︎ Nominations Open and Campaign Starts: Thursday, 27 June 2019 (4:00pm)

♦︎ Nominations Close: Thursday, 4 July 2019(4:00pm)

♦︎ Polling & Counting Start: Saturday, 20 July 2019

♦︎ Polling & Counting End: Thursday, 25 July 2019

♦︎ Return of Writs: Friday, 26 July 2019

Nomination period is seven (7) days, campaign period is 14 days and polling and counting is six (6) days. Election time period has been shortened, therefore, from the day nominations open to the end of polling and counting, the Commission has 21days to conduct the community government elections.

This is because the current date for return of writs written on the writs issued on 25 April 2019 remains as 26 July 2019. Returning officers have already been appointed and stand ready to conduct the LLG elections for ward councillors in 6,385 wards in 331 LLGs in 89 Open electorates nationwide, excluding NCD and Bougainville.

Those candidates who have already paid their nomination fees through bank deposit and are holding onto the deposit slip butts only need to present them to the returning officers and nominate.

I want to reiterate here that the nomination fee is still K200 and the LLG elections are for ward councillors only. There will be no election for LLG presidents. The national government has also approved an additional K20 million for PNGEC to conduct the LLG elections.

The 2019 LLG elections had been delayed following stay orders obtained by the Ombudsman Commission, Umi-Atzera LLG in Markham in Morobe and East Sepik Provincial Government which were granted by the Supreme thirty minutes after issuing of LLG writs on 25 April 2019 by the Minister Kevin Isifu.

However, on Friday, 31 May 2019 the Supreme Court bench comprising of three judges unanimously ruled in favor of PNG Electoral Commission and its application to have the Supreme Court orders of 25 April 2019 set aside and for the LLG elections to be conducted without further delay.

Now that the Supreme Court has given the all-clear for the LLG elections to go ahead all PNGEC’s 20 provincial electoral offices nationwide stand ready to conduct the elections.

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