Government Release K6.6m for Printing Ballot Papers
The Government yesterday released the K6.6 million funding to Indonesian company Pura Group of Companies for printing the 2017 National Election Ballot Papers of Papua New Guinea.
PNGEC boss Patilias Gamato confirmed yesterday that the funding has already been released and payment made.
Last week it was revealed that the 10 million ballot papers for the 2017 National Election will be printed overseas in Indonesia.
Gamato confirmed that this will be done for the first time in history mainly due to exorbitant printing costs quoted by local PNG-based printing companies including the Government Printer which traditionally prints ballot papers for PNG elections.
“Ballot papers for 2017 elections will be printed at a highly secured facility by the Pura Group located in Kudus which is two hours’ drive from the Central Java city of Semarang, Indonesia.”
Mr Gamato pointed out that the decision to print ballot papers for 2017 election overseas with Pura Group, a facility which has unquestionable credentials and reputation, was made after issues on security to printing facilities in PNG became so apparent.
“The results of an evaluation of PNG-based facilities showed that they lacked security, machine capacity, print technology, quality control and above all exorbitant high product costs of printing the ballot papers.”
“We further found that PNG-based printers do not have business conduct policy about their companies and employee integrity and absence of audit process of management and production,” he said.
He said that the Government Printer had quoted its cost at K23 million to print 2017 ballot papers whereas in 2012 it had cost PNGEC K9 million only.
“The awarding of the printing contract was awarded to Treid Pacific Limited; a wholly-owned PNG based local company to supply and deliver from went through a transparent process of public advertisements placed in local newspapers inviting printing companies in 2016.”
Mr Gamato explained that a thorough process of assessment and evaluation on fundamentals of high security, print technology and meeting delivery timelines were considered before it was endorsed by the Specialised General Election Supply and Tenders Board.
PNGEC is printing a total of 10 million ballot papers – 5 million for the provincial electorates and 5 million of open electorates.
The 2017 ballot papers have eight hidden security features known only to the Electoral Commissioner and the printer.
Commissioner Gamato said he had dispatched four of his senior officers led by Deputy Commissioner Corporate Services John Kalamoroh last week to Kudus to commence printing of the ballot papers.
Gorethy Kenneth February 1, 2017 12.58 am