Frustrated Service Providers Demand Outstanding Payments

Frustrated service providers have been turning up at the Electoral Commission office seeking outstanding funds.

Some of them have sums of over K300, 000 owed to them from the 2012 elections.


They are calling on the Electoral Commission to come clear as to when their monies will be paid.


Outside the Electoral Commission office headquarters in Port Moresby a frustrated number of service providers wait for their outstanding payments.


They provided various services, from logistics, catering, accommodation, preparation of venues to payments for returning officers.


They say they were advised by the electoral commission, that there is no funding available and that their claims were not registered.


Ericy Yopo from Jiwaka said she is owed K338, 000 for providing a hire car service; her initial estimate of K440, 000 was reduced.


She explains that she is under pressure from financers of the loan she obtained, that they have threatened to bring the matter to the police if nothing is done soon.


Anna Nil Kare says she is waiting for a mere K16, 000, while at the same time trying to look after her husband who is very ill.


The group claim they have followed up on their payments, without being given a reasonable explanation, they are therefore expressing their concerns to the media.


A reply from the electoral commission is still pending.

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