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24 May 2017

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It might be worth looking at block voting.

As Baka suggests it is possible that some villagers prefer that method so as not to have to endure the rigmarole at the ballot box of finding a name on the electoral role.

If it was done in a controlled way at the village level - a sort of pre-ballot ballot - it might work. The difference for the candidates would be bribing voters en masse against bribing voters individually, hardly significant.

In the days when Kiaps visited each village at least annually and sat down with the people, the Village Electoral Rolls were the Village Census Books that were updated every year.

Clearly that practice has been discarded.

A worrying analysis, Apo and a useful insight into the challenges of compiling voter rolls in PNG and how they can be manipulated and corrupted.

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