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Voter registration in National Capital District begins

Staff Reporter 11/30/2016 | |
Enrolment of eligible voters in the National Capital District in preparation for the 2017 national election officially commenced today.
More than 800 enrolment agents will be out in the 12 wards in the capital city to update the NCD Roll for the next 14 days.
City residents are to look out for enrolment teams who will be visiting their areas during this period of time to check their names and details on the Roll and register.
All the enrolment agents from the three NCD Open electorates – Moresby North East, Moresby North West and Moresby South – assembled at Jack Pidik Part at Five Mile this morning to receive their final briefing and instructions.
At the briefing Electoral Commissioner’s Delegate John Kalamoroh officially welcomed the 800 plus enrolment agents as temporary electoral workers of the PNG Electoral Commission and strongly urged them to their jobs well.
“The conduct and success of the 2017 national election depends entirely on you the enrolment agents,” he said.
Mr. Kalamoroh issued a stern warning that any of the enrolment agents cited for taking part in corrupting the enrolment process and the roll will be held accountable and prosecuted under election laws.
He told the agents that there would be citizens who may refuse to enroll or argue with them regarding service delivery.
“You must make it clear to them that your duty as enrolment agents is not service delivery. Your duty is to get citizens registered so that they have a say in choosing a leader of their choice in 2017 to represent them,” Kalamoroh said.
It is compulsory by law that all eligible voters must enroll. A voter who is enrolled is eligible to vote in the 2017 national election.
There will be static teams who will be based at central locations as well as teams who will do house-to-house enrolment.
Mr. Kalamoroh also made it very clear that enrolment agents will have their pays deposited directly into their private bank accounts only after the Commission is satisfied with the outcome of their work.
Meanwhile, NCD Election Manager Terence Hetinu said the NCD Electoral Office in conjunction with Boroko police has put in place a security plan which has the blessing of NCD Metropolitan Superintendent Ben Turi.
Mr. Hetinu said in the event that enrolment teams encounter potentially dangerous and life-threatening situations in their respective locations, team leaders are to quickly alert his office so that police units would be dispatched to retrieve them.
Today was dedicated to awareness on the commencement of roll update in NCD to inform city residents. A convoy of 12 PMV buses loaded with 800 plus enrolments agents from the three NCD Open electorates left Jack Pidik after the briefing on an awareness drive.
The convoy drove from Five Mile to Nine Mile in the Moresby North East electorate and onto Gerehu in the Moresby North West electorate via new Gerehu-Nine Mile access road.
From Gerehu the convoy took the Gerehu back road to Konedobu via Baruni and Tatatana villages and onto Koki, Badili, Sabama, Kilakila, Manu Auto Port in the Moresby South electorate and ended at the APEX Park in Boroko.

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