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Polye: Electoral Commission must conduct Free & Fair Elections in 2017

Opposition leader, Don Polye is calling on the Electoral Commission to conduct a free and fair elections in 2017 to avoid unnecessary allegations.

Mr. Polye said bio-data for intending candidates, updating of common rolls, and appointment of returning officers must be done in a transparent manner.

The Opposition leader said the Electoral Commission must not be influenced by politicians, businessmen or any other parties as the 2017 General Elections looms.

His first point, the call for Electoral Commission to fast track matters like the updating of Common Rolls so matters like election petitions are not faced.

Despite the criticisms, Polye praised the Electoral Commission to allow the extension for submission of bio-data for intending candidates.

MP Polye called on current MPs not to influence the work that the Electoral Commission will carry out before the 10th parliament is formed.

“Current MPs or any other person who is intending to contest the elections must not influence the Electoral Commission from doing its job”, said MP Polye.

He also called on international observers to be in the country to assess the 2017 General Elections. “I call on Australia, New Zealand and other international bodies to be in PNG next year and observe how the election is conducted,” Polye said.

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