17 Jul 2002

Electoral Commissioner could seek court ruling on fresh election call

4:38 pm on 17 July 2002

The Electoral Commissioner in Papua New Guinea, Reuben Kauilo, is considering going to court to determine whether a fresh poll should be held for violence hit Enga and Southern Provinces.

Mr Kauilo said earlier this week that he could not consider fresh elections untill the regions were stable and peaceful.

He also said he could not act until he had heard from his officials in the regions affected.

However in a media conference yesterday with the Police commissioner Joseph Kupo, Mr Kauilo indicated he might need to go to court, because there was no clear cut law that allowed him to call fresh elections.

And Mr Kauilo confirmed that the Commission is undertaking an audit to determine how many ballot boxes and papers had been destroyed in the Highlands.