Polling halted after only 116 voters voted at ATS Settlement

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Hundreds of unhappy people had forced polling officials to stop the polling processes today at the ATS Settlement in Port Moresby’s North East District.

Many disgruntled voters were not not on the common roll.

The voters wanted to know how many ballot papers where brought before they could start voting. But only 516 ballot papers were brought to Ward 9.

“We have at least a thousand eligible voters living here and 516 ballot papers is a laughing stalk,” a youth group leader said.

According to the officials, 482 were provided ballot papers and 34 were extra.

The ballot boxes were already sealed and was received by the Returning Officer under heavy police escort.

Police asked the people of Ward 9 to write a petition to the EC to give them another day to vote.

Meanwhile, another ward in the ATS community also halted polling this morning.

Moresby North East is under immense pressure due to absence of names of eligible voters in the common roll.

Joanita Nonwo

is a contributor with EMTV Online, specialising in international stories relating to development, environment and gender equality, all within a Papua New Guinean context.

Joanita Nonwo

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