Estimated 5.4m eligible voters
AN estimated 5.4 million eligible voters are expected to be registered on the electoral roll for the 2017 National Election.
Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato says the Commission has dispatched a total of 750,000 new enrolment forms (Form 11) nationwide to all the 22 provinces to conduct enrolment work to update the roll based on projected increases in each ward, local level government area and district.
In 2007, a total of 3.9 million eligible voters were captured on the roll. In 2012 a total of 4.7 million eligible voters were registered on the roll against a PNG population of 7.1 million as per the 2011 National Census – an increase of 837,257 eligible voters.
Prior to the current roll update exercise, the 2012 roll was cleaned towards the end of last year (2016) of duplicates, ghost names, and voter who were underage or deceased.
Therefore, PNG Electoral Commission expects a marginal increase of about 5.4 million eligible voters to be registered on the roll for 2017 elections.
He said that in 2012 election, of the 4.7 million eligible voters registered on the roll, 3.7 million voters (73 per cent) actually voted.
In the 2017 election, PNGEC is forecasting that out of the estimated 5.4 million registered voters, about 4.1 million or 4.2 million eligible voters would actually cast their votes.
With a base enrolment following the “cleansing” of the 2012 voter roll of 4,620,039 voters, the PNGEC made projections for new voters based on the annual average growth rate published by the National Statistics Office of 3.1 per cent.
These projections indicate a potential enrolment population of 5,381,941 for the 2016/17 roll update – an increase of 761,901 voters over the 2012 base roll.