PAPUA New Guinea Electoral Commissioner, Patilias Gamato, is expecting 5.2 million voters to be enrolled in this year’s electoral roll.
However, Gamato also says that only 4.1 or 4.4 million voters will come forward and vote.
He was addressing the media after the Inter-Departmental Election Committee (IDEC) meeting chaired by Chief Secretary Isaac Lupari.
“Eligible voters are at 5.1, 5.2 million. The actual number of people who will come and vote might be less and below that. It was 3.7 million in 2012 and it might go up to 4.4 million,” Mr Gamato said.
“The total number of ballot papers available for use in this year’s elections is 10 million – five million ballot papers for the Provincial seats and five million for Open seats. We will issue ballot papers according to the number of eligible voters on the enrolment figure.
“Any extra ballot papers will be cancelled before they are dispatched to provinces. We also have generic ballot papers available for special case’s but these generic ballot papers can be issued only under the authority of the electoral commissioner,” he said.
Mr Gamato also said that all provinces in PNG have completed updating the electoral roll. Preliminary rolls across the country are now being objected and verified. After the preliminary electoral roll is objected and verified, names will be finalised and certified for use in the national election.
PNGEC has issued a total of 750,000 Claim for Enrolment Forms (Form 11) to capture data from three different types of people who include provisional voter, transfers in and out and new voter.
Since the 2017 roll is the updated version of 2012 electoral roll, the names of those people who have voted in the 2012 national election will still be on the electoral roll.
These 750,000 Form 11s were calculated at 3.1% growth rate per annum. In the last 5 year’s the accumulated growth rate is 15.5 per cent of the total number of eligible voters. In the 2012 election, 4.8 million eligible voters were enlisted on the electoral roll.
An additional 100,000 Form 11s were released to supplement the 750,000 form’s so the total number of Form 11s issued for Elections was 850,000.