9 Apr 2012

PNG electoral commission rebuffs parliament to confirm polls

5:22 pm on 9 April 2012

Papua New Guinea's electoral commissioner says the 2012 poll will go ahead in June as scheduled despite last week's vote by parliament to defer it for six months.

Andrew Trawen says he is seeking legal advice on the constitutionality of parliament's decision.

Mr Trawen issued a statement, saying he will proceed to advise the Governor General Sir Michael Ogio to issue writs for the 2012 elections as scheduled on April the 27th.

He says he wants the people of PNG to know that he has always maintained that the commission is prepared and the 2012 elections will go ahead as planned.

Parliament voted 63 to 11 to defer the poll after a government MP Waka Goi told the chamber a report from Mr Trawen recommended delaying the poll because of security concerns and an incomplete electoral roll.