22 May 2019

Time tight for Bougainville referendum preparation

From , 3:03 pm on 22 May 2019

There are warnings time's running out for preparations for Bougainville's vote on independence from Papua New Guinea.

The referendum is to be held on October the12th with the writs due on August 16th.

Bougainville's chief referendum officer, Mauricio Claudio told Don Wiseman the Bougainville Referendum Commission or BRC is also being hampered by a shortage of funds.

A tentative date of June 15th 2019 has been set for a referendum on possible independence in the Autonomous Papua New Guinea region of Bougainville.

Photo: RNZI / Johnny Blades