by Fabian Hakalits – EM TV, Port Moresby
While polling for the third Autonomous Bougainville Government General Election has begun, concerns have been raised on the high number of voters within and outside of the Autonomous Region who have not been allowed to vote, because their names have not been registered on the updated electoral roll.
Eligible voters in Port Moresby have expressed frustration over their names not being on the electoral roll, especially since this election is crucial with Bougainville to soon decide on a referendum pathway towards possible independence.
NCD Assistant Election Manager, Roselyn Tabogani, says several voters who registered this year, were unable to casts their votes.
She says these are administrative errors faced in every election.
Tabogani called on all voters in Port Moresby to turn up and check their names at the polling site at Turumu Haus at Boroko.
However Bougainville’s Acting Electoral Commissioner, George Manu, is very serious about this issue and has given his assurance that these eligible voters in Bougainville still have a chance to cast their votes.
He says the Bougainville Electoral Commissioners Office has examined this issue as a matter of priority.