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Bougainville Referendum Commission is ready

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The Bougainville Referendum Commission has confirmed that counting of referendum votes will be slightly different from ABG elections – this will see votes mixed together and then counted at the counting venue in Buka.

According to BRC Chief Referendum Officer, Mauricio Claudio, this is to ensure that results show an aggregate result – with the BRC legally only required to announce total Votes for Greater Autonomy, total Votes for Independence, and total number of Informal ballot papers.

Claudio also reassuring voters that this does not affect the credibility of the referendum process and that the Bougainville Referendum Commission is ready to deliver the referendum to determine the political future of the Autonomous Region.

When providing an update of the BRC’s progress this morning, BRC Chief Referendum Officer, Mauricio Claudio, said preparations had gone well, with the BRC now looking towards commencing polling activities from November 23rd.

Claudio also providing an update on the registration of Interest Groups, and observers to Bougainville during the voting, and counting period.

With under a month to go before the start of polling in the Bougainville Referendum, the Bougainville Referendum Commission has maintained that they stand ready to deliver a credible referendum for the people of Bougainville.

In a media update this morning, BRC Chief Referendum Officer, Mauricio Claudio, reassured the people of Bougainville, and wider Papua New Guinea, that the organization was confident in delivering a successful referendum process, from polling to counting.

“we have faced, we have surmounted considerable challenges and we’re confident now that the referendum is firmly underway and that polling with get underway on the 23rd and we will conclude successfully.”

The Chief Referendum Officer also providing an update on the number of Registered Interest Groups, and Observers, who have registered with the BRC for the referendum period.

With polling scheduled to begin on Saturday November 23rd, the BRC is confident that barring any major setbacks, polling will be on schedule both in Bougainville, and outside Bougainville.


By Meriba Tulo – EMTV News, Port Moresby

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