7 Mar 2007

PNG electoral commission confident rolls will be out on time and cleaned of ghost names

4:47 pm on 7 March 2007

The Papua New Guinea electoral commission says it will have eliminated a host of fictitious names in two months time when the electoral rolls are due to be published.

PNG voters are to go the polls from the end of June with the writs to be declared on May 4th with the rolls made public two weeks later.

A spokesperson for the electoral commission, Mark Karambi, says while one of the intentions of computerising the rolls was to eliminate so called ghost names or multiple entries, but many have still appeared.

He says over the next two months they will complete the collection of voters names and check the validity of all entries before issuing the rolls in mid May.

"We have captured more than 90 percent of eligible citizens or eligible voters already in the preliminary exercise. What we are doing right now is going through the process of verification and applying the due diligence process before we finalize."

Mark Karambi