Kairuku Hiri Polling

Polling in the Mekeo Kuni LLG in the Kairuki Hiri electorate was conducted peacefully, unlike the previous election.

Polling for this by-election is expected to end this weekend, except for a few remote locations and those that started late.

Polling started last weekend in most parts of the eloctorate.

Police providing security at the Mekeo Kuni LLG reported quiet and peaceful polling in the LLG.

They were providing security at the Inauabui village. Polling at this village was conducted by the same polling team after they finished at Eboa village, a few kilometres down the road.

Assistant polling officer, Simon Magaiva said the same ballot box and the left over ballot papers from Eboa village were used to conduct polling at Inauabui village.

He said when polling ends at one location, the boxes are sealed and taken to Bereina Police Station, then returned to the new polling location the next day.

Returning Officer for Kairuku Hiri, Kila Egaba confirmed this arrangement and said the same was done in the 2012 national elections.

He said unless the boxes are full in one polling location, they can be used in the next polling venue.

In the meantime, counting for this by-election will be held at the PNG Institute of Public Administration in Port Moresby.

Mr Egaba said he is preparing materials for electronic counting of ballot papers for this election.

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