1 Jul 2002

Voting still going on in some rural areas of Papua New Guinea

9:31 am on 1 July 2002

Voting in Papua New Guinea's general election is still underway after the poll was extended to enable thousands of voters in rural areas to cast their ballots.

The country's Electoral Commission says the extension of the poll, which was due to end last Friday will enable the police to increase security at polling and counting centres in the five Highlands provinces.

Counting, also delayed due to logistical problems, will continue in the rest of the country but a final result may not be known for a month.

So far, only nine seats have been declared

Among the latest results, are two seats from East New Britain where Rabbie Namaliu has won the Kokopo Open seat and Allan Marat has taken the Rabaul Open seat.