30 Jul 2007

PNG election process extended for another week

12:43 pm on 30 July 2007

The formation of a government in Papua New Guinea has been extended by a week.

PNG's Electoral Commissioner, Andrew Trawen, has extended the deadline for the return of the writs to next Monday.

The Post Courier newspaper says parliament will now sit on August the 13th - a week after the return of the writs - to elect the Speaker of Parliament and the Prime Minister.

Mr Trawen said delayed counting triggered by bad weather, as well as disruption by candidates and their scrutineers, compelled him to extend today's deadline.

94 of the 109 seats have been declared so far.

Mr Trawen has indicated that he will advise the Governor-General before Friday which political party to invite to form government.