PNG election officials face big ‘one day’ voting challenge in capital


One-day polling for Post Moresby residents takes place today. Video: EMTV News

By Eric Haurupma in Port Moresby

With Papua New Guinea’s National Capital District (NCD) polling set to begin today, the challenge is on how election officials will conclude the polling successfully in one day.

This is because of the vast majority of people from different ethnic groups living in the city who will take the time to cast their votes.

Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato who has been wary of this situation, is confident of delivering a successful polling day for NCD.

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Chief Secretary Isaac Lupari speaking during the security and election deployment briefing yesterday told media that a metropolitan city like Port Moresby was difficult to manage during polling.

Lupari said this was because NCD had a majority of people from different ethnic groups across the country who would turn-up for polling.

This was something the electoral commission, particularly Commissioner Patilias Gamato, had been aware of.

Gamato said polling in NCD required extra manpower and security personnel to deliver polling safely.

NCD Metropolitan Superintendent Benjamin Turi said NCD police would tighten security to make sure the city was safe during polling today.

Eric Haurupma is an EMTV News journalist who studied at the University of Papua New Guinea, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Public Relations.

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