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NCD Voter Registration Begins Today

Enrolment of eligible voters in the National Capital District in preparation for the 2017 National Election officially commenced today.

More than 800 enrolment agents will be out in the 12 wards in the capital city to update the NCD Roll for the next 14 days.

City residents are to look out for enrolment teams who will be visiting their areas during this period of time to check their names and details on the Roll and register.

All the enrolment agents from the three NCD Open electorates – Moresby North East, Moresby North-West and Moresby South – assembled at Jack Pidik Park at Five Mile this morning to receive their final briefing and instructions.

At the briefing Electoral Commissioner’s Delegate, John Kalamoroh officially welcomed the 800 plus enrolment agents as temporary electoral workers of the PNG Electoral Commission and strongly urged them to their jobs well.

“The conduct and success of the 2017 National Election depends entirely on you the enrolment agents,” he said.

Mr. Kalamoroh issued a stern warning that any of the enrolment agents cited for taking part in corrupting the enrolment process and the roll will be held accountable and, prosecuted under election laws.

He told the agents that there would be citizens who may refuse to enroll or argue with them regarding service delivery.

“You must make it clear to them that your duty as enrolment agents is not service delivery. Your duty is to get citizens registered so that they have a say in choosing a leader of their choice in 2017 to represent them,” Kalamoroh said.

It is compulsory by law that all eligible voters must enroll. A voter who is enrolled is eligible to vote in the 2017 National Election.

There will be static teams who will be based at central locations as well as teams who will do house-to-house enrolment.

Mr. Kalamoroh also made it clear that enrolment agents will have their pay deposited directly into their private bank accounts only after the Commission is satisfied with the outcome of their work.

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