No polling on Saturday
BY MICHAEL ARNOLD
Concerns raised by the Seventh-Day Adventist (SDA) Church leaders have been noted and polling date changes made, Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato says.
According to the elections schedule, polling starts on June 24 which is a Saturday, a day observed as Sabbath by the SDA followers.
Mr Gamato said the third inter-departmental election committee meeting yesterday decided that Saturday Sabbath observers would still be able to vote.
“Polling start on Saturday but we will not actually poll on Saturday; the polling will start on Monday so everyone can vote,” he said.
Government Chief Secretary Isaac Lupari also announced that June 27 is being considered as a public holiday to allow for more workers, especially public servants, to vote.
The request was made by Port Moresby candidates two weeks to mark June 27 as a public holiday so that Port Moresby has an extra day for polling.
“For the public servants, we are consulting the Secretary for Personnel Management. We want all public servants and all registered voters to participate. We’ll take that into account and hopefully Secretary Kali will make an announcement soon,” Mr Lupari said.