The Papua New Guinea Electoral Commission has been slammed for polling delays in the capital, Port Moresby.
Polling which was to have started today was moved to Friday after election officers refused to work due to unpaid allowances.
Thousands of voters were turned away this morning as the sudden change in the schedule caught them by surprise. Many employers had gave workers time off for people to vote.
This morning the Electoral Commission sent out an email saying: “…Polling for all the 3 electorates for NCD now deferred to Friday 30 June due to issues with camping allowances for polling officials.”
At East Boroko, tension boiled over. Voters chased NCD’s Election Manager, Terrence Hetinu and threw stones at him when he tried to explain the delay. He was rescued by police.
Outside the Electoral Commission headquarters, former Prime Minister and Port Moresby North West candidate, Sir Mekere Morauta was among a group of candidates and voters who demanded answers from the Electoral Commissioner, Patilias Gamato.
On Facebook, Papua New Guineans vented their frustrations calling for the resignation of Electoral Commissioner, Patilias Gamato.
“My employer gave me time off to vote today,” said one voter on Facebook. “This is pure incompetence.”