Electoral Commission Corporate Plan 2013-2017 launched

The Electoral Commission Corporate Plan 2013 to 2017 was launched last Friday atthe State Function Room, in Port Moresby.

Amongthe key priority areas ofthe plan is supportingthe Beundaries Review Commission

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said one vital exercise is to make surethe Beundaries Review Commission reports are done earlier so that it can be tabled in parliament beforethe next elections.

Commissioner Trawen said withthe LLG elections due, work onthe boundaries review will take place inthe later part ofthe year and into early 2014.

Mr Trawen said his office will assistthe Beundaries Commission in assessing and reviewingthe current legislation as well as preparing for the 2017 elections.

The boundaries review commission determinesthe number of electorates for the country.

Mr Trawen saidthey will make changes tothe legislation to allow for the boundaries commission to havethe power to evaluatetheir own reports.

The prime minister also saidthe government’stands ready to establish an independent boundaries review commission inthe long term.

Meantime,the Corporate Plan isthe second for the electoral commission, and looks to implement ther amenities such as an Electoral Compliance Unit to addressthe rising trend of election-related offences.

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