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Woman votes in Moitu-Koita local-level government election
Woman votes in Moitu-Koita local-level government election

STAFF WRITER | International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES)

ARLINGTON, USA - From 22 June to 6 July, citizens of Papua New Guinea will go to the polls for local-level government (LLG) elections.

Voters in each ward will cast their ballots to elect LLG assembly councillors.

The LLG elections are important as they are conducted at ward level where the majority of PNG’s rural population is located and many basic services are lacking.

Electing leaders into the LLG assembly provides the avenue and means for representing voter interests and needs.

Additionally, the 2019 LLG elections mark a test for PNG’s election officials as these are the first LLG elections since delivery was decentralised to the provincial level.

The International Foundation for Electoral Systems has developed a 10-page document on frequently asked questions on local-level government elections in Papua New Guinea, which you can download here.

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