Trawen: 2012 Election Services Providers Will Be Paid

The Treasury Department approverd K15 million today to settle outstanding bills owed to service providers duringthe 2012 national elections.

Electoral Commissioner, Andrew Trawen, announced this in a media briefing today in Port Moresby.

Mr. Trawen called on service providers, particularly inthe Western Highlands and Eastern Highlands who have yet to be paid, to allow election managers andtheir staff to re-open electoral offices and conductthe 2013 LLG elections.

Last year, K180 million was paid to service providers, with an outstanding figure of K15.9 million yet to pay. The commissioner saidthey will work aroundthe budget given bythe government. Payments will cover transportoaccommodation and catering, and will be processed overthe next few weeks.

Mr Trawen tookthe opportunity to call on voters aroundthe country to prepare for the local level government elections to be staged this July.

Meantimethe electoral commission is waiting onthe 30-day period to be over before plans can be made for a by-election for Madang Open.

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