The Commonwealth group that has been observing the Papua New Guinea national elections has called for an urgent review of the electoral process.
The leader, former Nauru president, Baron Waqa, said he was gravely concerned at the daily incidents of violence and tragic loss of life that were being reported.
The Commonwealth Observers said the highly centralised structure of the Electoral Commission had undermined the effective delivery of the election.
They said the 2022 rolls were missing a large number of names, which in some cases meant up to 50 percent of eligible voters were not on the rolls.
They were critical of the late and insufficient disbursement of funds, and that unpaid bills and allowances from previous elections, created a lack of trust in the commission.
The observers reported numerous allegations of bribery and treating involving candidates’ agents.
They said they had witnessed the distribution of money and food to voters during the polling period.
They said there were inadequate efforts to facilitate the inclusion and participation of women, youth, persons with disability, and other disadvantaged groups in the political and electoral process.
The Commonwealth wants to see:
- immediate reforms to strengthen voter registration;
- the creation of a collaborative and decentralised Electoral Commission that is properly funded by government; and
- a national network to support voter education and participation.
The Commonwealth group that has been observing the Papua New Guinea elections has called for an urgent review of the election process.https://t.co/HbB4xK1cig
— RNZ Pacific (@RNZPacific) July 25, 2022
Moresby governor shocked at election violence
Meanwhile, the Governor of Papua New Guinea’s National Capital District has condemned the violence in the middle of Port Moresby on Sunday afternoon, reports RNZ Pacific.
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