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06 July 2017

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If I may be allowed to correct what I said in the previous comment, I wrote about "what happens to the boxes after the counting" whereas I meant to say "what happens to the boxes after the voting". There is worry that the even if the voting is ok, the boxes will be tampered with later.
Speaking tonight to one of the observers he said that in some cases the officials did allow some people whose name was not on the common roll to vote - after all others had voted. In these cases there was evidence that their names had been on the common roll before.

Keith, the roll stuff up and related problems reflect a deeper problem, and that is that elections in PNG have never really been fair, safe and free.

I see that many of the problems associated with the election in PNG can be avoided and even prevented if the state adopts an electronic system of voting.

Elections over the years have cost the state millions of kina (money that should be put to better use in the health, education, and agriculture sectors)so there is a very good argument to adopt a more transparent, cheaper and convenient system.

Here we go again. Somebody else is always responsible for the mess PNG finds herself in.

Unless PNG, and especially her leaders, stop being in denial of our responsibilities and admit we have serious issues we must resolve, not just this election, and fix the mess we create, we will never learn to be truly independent.

So shameful that we continue to blame Australia for our own problems and irresponsibility.

None of the issues that have arisen and related to our national election, especially the correctness of the electoral roll, the unpaid electoral officials, the number of voting papers, or the lack of funding to the electoral commission, claimed by the electoral commissioner to efficiently do his work in the preparation of this election, is due to "acts of god ".

I have met one of the Australian observers from the Australian National University who is currently observing the voting with a team here in Madang.

He is a guy who is familiar with Madang as he has spent time doing research in the area last year.

The approach seems quite professional with regard to observance of actual voting. Some staff from the university here in Madang are also participating with other ANU people in observing in Enga and Sepik.

In both these latter cases the observers from the staff here are familiar with Enga and Sepik respectively.

The common roll continues to be a problem. There is of course ongoing suspicion about what happens to boxes after the counting and I am not sure that the observers can do much about that.

Just curious - who are the Australian observers, especially the federal MPs and will they provide some sort of report when it's all over?

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