Counting for NCD starts..


Counting for the National Capital District four seats will start today after a five-day delay.

Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato said last night that counting for Moresby South, Moresby Northwest and National Capital

District Regional will start this morning. Counting for the Moresby Northeast will start after lunch following issues over allowances for counting officials, Mr Gamato said.

NCD election manager, Alwyn Jimmy, confirmed earlier that counting for Moresby Northwest and NCD Regional will take place at Rita Flynn Netball Stadium, counting for Moresby South will be at Kilakila High School and for Moresby Northeast at the Sir John Guise Indoor Stadium.

Mr Jimmy said officials have been divided into three shifts and a total of 36 boxes must be completed in each of the shifts.

The declaration of the four seats in NCD – three Open and one Regional – is expected next week.

More than 300 officers received their one-day training on the limited preferential vote (LPV) code of ethics in Port Moresby yesterday.

The Rita Flynn Courts was flooded with officials who participated in the one-day mock counting preparations to familiarise themselves with the procedure of counting ballot papers in a minimum scheduled number of days.

Mr Jimmy urged all officials to be trustworthy and honest during this process in order for transparency to prevail.

“We don’t want any foul business here because I expect to declare the election results next week,” he said. “What is in the ballot boxes is already decided by the people and it is our job to only facilitate,” he added.

Mr Jimmy said he has allocated each team to be divided into three groups for counting to progress until Sunday.

He noted concerns by some candidates about setting up CCTVs in the counting zones, but this depended on money and availability of equipment “otherwise counting must go on as scheduled”.

“Scrutineers at the all counting sites will be closely monitored by police and security personnel as well as the Electoral Commission officers on duty, who will be checked thoroughly before entering the counting zones,” Mr Jimmy said.

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