27 Jun 2012

Names of 90 candidates missing from PNG rolls

7:15 pm on 27 June 2012

There are reports that the names of more than 90 election candidates contesting seats in Papua New Guinea's islands electorates have been left off the electoral roll.

The Post Courier says each of the provinces in the region has candidates whose names are not on the roll.

And the paper reports that hundreds of other voters in the region have not been able to vote because they are not registered.

In one East New Britain ward the names of more than 60 people out of 473 eligible voters were missing from the roll.

There have been frequent reports of people queuing to vote and then being turned away because their names are not included.

The paper quotes one election official as saying the problems have occurred at the Electoral Commission headquarters where data has been left out.

Meanwhile, voting in the Bougainville atolls has been delayed until next week by transport problems.

New Dawn quotes the Bougainville Electoral Manager, Reitama Taravaru, as saying there had been delays in getting a chartered vessel to carry the election team from Buka to the atolls.