Highlands News Your Vote 2017

Polling for Jiwaka deferred

Polling for Jiwaka Province has been cancelled today and deferred to a later date.

Polling will begin according to the urgency in stamping of the ballot papers for the 184 wards.

Polling was delayed due to discrepancies with the updated electoral roll given.

People from Jiwaka Province woke up early this morning to cast their votes, however, to their dismay, they were told to go home.

Jiwaka Province had to wait till yesterday to get their preliminary roll to go on with the distribution of ballot papers and polling materials.

So far in the Highlands and other parts of PNG, polling did not go as scheduled by the Electoral Commission.

Polling was delayed due to discrepancies with the electoral roll or issues with eligible voters finding their names missing to vote.

Provincial Election Manager, Rossie Pandihau said stamping of the ballot papers might take time to be completed.

Meanwhile, there was heavy security presence today at Banz Police station in Jiwaka Province.

Provincial Police Commander, Joseph Tondop assured the public that police presence is everywhere and polling will not be affected.

Pandihau said polling for Jiwaka Province might commence tomorrow, and continue to Sunday or will have one day polling on Monday.

This all depends on the stamping of the ballot papers for security measures.

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