18 May 2010

Roll problems affect Bougainville election

12:51 pm on 18 May 2010

Disgruntled voters in the autonomous Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville have been told they are partly to blame for their names not being on the rolls.

A two-week long election process is drawing to a close with the last polling stations due to close on Friday.

A local reporter for the Post Courier newspaper, Gorethy Kenneth, says the election has been marked by complaints from throughout the province that names are missing from the common roll.

"But the explanation from the Electoral Office is that it is partly the voters or the people's fault as well. When the Electoral officers went from door to door, some families refused to provide names and information."