Many excited voters in the Moresby West, Ward 10, Waigani area in the Nation’s Capital showed up to their respective polling station as early as 6am this morning.
After voting was deferred from Monday, June 26 to Friday, June 30, residents had hoped that there would be very minimal hiccups experienced during voting.
Unfortunately for them voting has not gone as smoothly as they had hoped. This was because ballot box 215 was missing from the polling station, as such voters from with surname’s beginning with the letters L-to-Z were unable to vote.
Only ballot boxes 216, 217 and 218 were on location at the Boreboa Primary School polling station.
After several complaints voting commenced for those voters whose names fell under A-K.
The Returning Officer and Polling officials had no comments regarding the whereabouts of the missing ballot boxes.
This further enraged voters that saw an exchange of words between the crowd and election officials.
In addition to the missing ballot box many voters could not locate their names on the common roll.
People who had cast their vote in the 2012 Election were surprised that they were unable to locate their names on the roll.
One such voter expressed his dismay stating, “I cannot believe my name is not on the common roll, I voted in the last election and now my name is not on the common roll”.