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Gamato: Counting of Ballot Papers To Commence Two Days After Polling Ends

Electoral Commissioner Patalias Gamato announced that counting of ballot papers would commence two days after polling ends.

Gamato said electoral officers would prepare them in the two days before counting commences.

He said some electorates are huge despite given the two weeks allocated for counting. “This is to allow the election process to continue before the writs are return to the Head of State,” said Gamato.

“July 24th is the set date to present everything detail of the Election to the Government House”, he added.

The Head of the Electoral Commission said the call is now upon Election Managers and Returning Officers to organise and allow this process happen.

“We might fall behind time if everyone waits for a particular electorate to complete its polling,” said Gamato.

In other related issues, Commissioner Gamato said the 2017 National Election is very different from past two elections in 2007 and 2012.

“Many changes have been done, for the good of a free, fair and safe elections for all.”

He also highlighted that observers from around the world will be present to be part of the election to see if voters exercise their democratic rights to cast their votes without no intimidation and if processes of election is followed.

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