by Marie Kauna – EMTV Online, Port Moresby
Many eligible voters for the 2017 National Election will not vote for this election.
This is due to names not found on the common roll.
While the public understands that a vote is very important in determining the next leader, it is frustrating to only find out that the names are not on the common roll.
On Monday, EMTV reported that more than 100 eligible voters in Mumeng, Bulolo district in Morobe Province, did not cast their votes because their names were not found in the common roll. While many had high hopes of casting their votes for this election, their hopes have been drained.
This has left many frustrated. Witnesses and frustrated voters took to social media, voicing their concern, questioning the role played in updating of the common roll for this election.
Like Mumeng in Morobe Province, other areas throughout the country are also experiencing the same problem.
This outcome will not fully propose for an honest move in choosing the next leader and will be unacceptable for the many Papua New Guineans.
For this election, common roll is now a bigger concern and issue.