Be patient on results, is Gamato plea

THE Electoral Commission website will provide progress of election results, but this may be a slow procedure as all the numbers have to be verified before being posted there.
Be patient on results, is Gamato plea Be patient on results, is Gamato plea Be patient on results, is Gamato plea Be patient on results, is Gamato plea Be patient on results, is Gamato plea

Staff Reporter

This is the word from electoral commissioner Patilias Gamato, who said that preliminary results for the election would be live on the commission website www.pngec.gov.pg.
 
"Let me stress that until writs have been returned, all results are progressing and provisional," he said. "Results will not be considered final until the signing and the returning of the writs. The new interactive website is part of PNGEC's commitment to improve and modernise our results system," Gamato said.
 
Meanwhile members of an advisory committee assessing the general election have resigned.
 
This comes as polling is still in progress in some electorates, past its scheduled conclusion on July 8, Radio New Zealand reported.
 
Polling could still take several more days to complete in an election full of disruptions. Yet counting is well advanced in a number of electorates, with at least one seat already declared - that of Finance Minister James Marape for Tari Pori.
 
The various complaints that have surfaced about electoral roll inconsistencies in this province and others are part of an area that the Electoral Advisory Committee was appointed to assess.
 
But one month into its job, the whole committee - whose members include ombudsman and Transparency International representatives - have resigned saying the Electoral Commission running the election has not allowed them access to information they require to be able to do their job.
 
Meanwhile Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has congratulated Marape on his election victory.
 
"James Marape has been a dedicated and committed representative for the people of his district, and an outstanding Finance Minister for the nation. As the Member for Tari Pori he has delivered services and infrastructure for his people and changed their lives for the better.
 
"His district has used its District Services Improvement Program funds very wisely and this has boosted education, expanded healthcare delivery and improved infrastructure in Tari Pori. And as Finance Minister, he has been an essential part of the team that has managed the economy through a very challenging period for the global economy," said O'Neill.
 

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