5 Jul 2012

PNG veteran politician calls on officials to follow proper electoral guidelines

6:21 am on 5 July 2012

Papua New Guinea's veteran leader Sir Michael Somare has called on all government officials to follow proper process and electoral guidelines.

Sir Michael says he's received reports of various disruptions in the election process, and has warned electoral officials and security forces against manipulating the election process.

Megan Whelan reports

"The Electoral Commissioner, Andrew Trawen, has acknowledged that many voters' names are missing from the roll, with fictitious names also a concern. He says the Commission has evidence of deliberate actions by some to modify the roll. Sir Michael has called on all candidates to respect the law and work to ensure that counting takes place properly. Meanwhile, the Electoral Commission has confirmed that polling will be extended from the original two-week schedule. It says while most polling is expected to be completed on time on July the 6th, voting will be extended in several provinces, with weather conditions continuing to render some remote polling areas inaccessible by air."