3 Sep 2012

PNG election observer team leader says overall poll acceptable

3:00 pm on 3 September 2012

The head of the Commonwealth Secretariat team which observed the recent general election in Papua New Guinea says he expects his team's final report to be issued this month.

Edward Natapei, who is a former Prime Minister of Vanuatu, has reiterated the findings in his team's preliminary report that the election had many problems.

Among the problems, the observers noted widespread inconsistencies with the electoral roll in all provinces visited, and that most polling stations failed to provide for secrecy of the ballot.

However Mr Natapei says that overall, given the vast complexities of holding an election across PNG, it was acceptable.

"We know that there are a lot of things that they need to do to improve the system. But in the end it was peaceful and everyone accepted the result, so that's the main thing."

Edward Natapei.