EC action on election transparency welcome

Former Prime Minister Mekere Morauta said today he was pleased to see the Electoral Commission taking extra steps to ensure Port Moresby voters are on the electoral roll and correctly enrolled. “Because the National Government failed to provide sufficient funds for the NCD roll update, many voters may not be enrolled or may be incorrectly enrolled,” he said. “To allow these voters to enrol or enrol correctly, the Electoral Commission is opening its 4-Mile office (opposite Brian Bell and between the court house and fire station), from 22 March to 31 March. After then, it will be too late to correct any mistakes or omissions.” Sir Mekere urged voters to check their enrolment immediately by usi

Need for rational and constructive political debate

Former Prime Minister Sir Mekere Morauta today called for a more rational and constructive debate about national issues in the lead-up to the election. “The election result will determine the future of the nation,” he said. “It is important that voters are well informed about the issues that are critical to the nation through informed, open public debate. “It is also important to ensure that the conduct of the election itself is free and fair and that electoral systems and processes are transparent and subject to international and domestic public scrutiny.” Sir Mekere said the adoption of appropriate policies is the key to getting Papua New Guinea back on track, not grandiose schemes, vote-b

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