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August 13, 2020
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8-Mile settlement: Disputed Ballot Box is not corrupted

A ballot box in the Moresby Northeast being disputed is not corrupted according to the voters on the ground.

Voters from the Eight Mile Settlement say the particular box disputed by a candidate is valid and should be counted.

Box number-84 from polling booth number six in the 8-Mile settlement was based at the Kubalia Residence at Block-4 or MOMASE block as it was commonly known.

A candidate, Jacob Walo had claimed in a Kundu 2 News report on Thursday that the particular box had been hijacked and was fiddled with.

EMTV News visited the voters in the area this morning to confirm their side of the story.

Confirmation was given by one of the scrutineers that escorted the box with police to the counting area at around 7pm.

The voters said their votes must be counted as they voted honestly for the leaders of their choice.

They said Candidate Jacob Walo’s claims were false and should not be entertained by the Returning Officer and Electoral officials.

There was however a misunderstanding among polling officials when they were directed to the wrong area, leading to Mr Walo’s residence.

Later it was directed to the right place at Momase block in front of the Kubalia residence to be set up for voters to vote.

Meanwhile, Police sent to watch over polling teams in the Eight Mile area, had not been stationed to each of the eight polling booths but were moving around from booth to booth inspecting to see no foul play took place.

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