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Papua New Guinea’s election flawed but acceptable

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

PORT MORESBY: Despite being marred by violence, vote-buying and flaws in the electoral roll, results from Papua New Guinea’s sprawling election should reflect the will of the people, observers said.

Counting is under way after two weeks of voting in the vast and remote country ended on Saturday, and the Commonwealth Observer Group (COG), which monitored the polling, gave a positive assessment.

“Our group is of the view that despite the considerable challenges with the common roll … there were some positive aspects of the process and the results should reflect the wishes of the people who participated in the 2017 national elections,” COG head Anand Satyanand said in a statement yesterday.

Results are not expected for several weeks, but the Pacific nation’s leader, Peter O’Neill of the People’s National Congress (PNC), said he was confident of victory.

Ahead of the polls, he cited his government’s achievements since being elected in 2012 as delivering on key infrastructure promises and providing free education and health in a poor and crime-ridden country.

His main threat is Don Polye’s Triumph Heritage Empower­ment Party, which accuses O’Neill of mismanagement and has reportedly claimed that polling in at least one electorate failed due to vote-rigging.

Source by: Internet

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