NCD Polling Officials to be Paid First
PNG Electoral Commissioner Patalias Gamato said the reason for the delay with polling in NCD was due to outstanding payments owed to polling officials in the capital.
He said polling officials refused to start work and demanded payment of their allowances first before polling that caused disruption through the city this morning.
Electoral Commission intended to pay the polling officials today and differed the polling date to Friday 29th June 2017. Further confusion spread in the city after NCD police confiscated K184,300 in election polling allowances from NCD Election Manager, Mr Terence Hetinu after he was suspected by police for carrying cash without any security escort in Port Moresby this morning.
Apparently, polling in one part of the city went ahead on schedule before a decision was made later in the day for polling in NCD to be postponed to Friday. About a thousand ballot papers were confiscated and taken to Boroko Police Station under the watchful eyes of NCD Deputy Election Manager Ms Roselyn Tabogani and also assistant North East Electorate Returning Officer.
Mr Gamato appealed to people in NCD to remain calm and wait until Friday to cast their votes.