New Ireland Provincial Administrator and Chairman of the Provincial Steering Committee for the Provincial Elections, Lamiller Pawut, urged the Electoral Commission to exercise their constitutional rights by accusing individuals and political parties of defrauding the state and citizens of PNG over updates regarding it the common list that would supposedly help the commission.
He said there were reports that agents of certain political parties in the province of New Ireland with full electoral rolls in the council and municipalities went to the PNGEC office in Port Moresby to be included in the common roll master database.
“This is a criminal and overt act of lawlessness against the state and people of New Ireland. The EC cannot allow greedy and power-hungry people to undermine the democratic process in the upcoming parliamentary elections in 2022, ”said Pawut.
He stated that the 2017 national elections in New Ireland were for the first time overshadowed by alleged corrupt practices and political interference in updating the Common Register and conducting elections, including the counting of votes.
Mr Pawut asked the PNGEC to monitor the performance of middle and lower-level executives at headquarters, including the provinces who are directly involved in updates to the master database common roll.
In the meantime, New Ireland pioneered the Village Record Book, which will officially become the tool to update the population and eligible voters on the joint list once the commission and provincial government sign a letter of intent.
The New Irish were urged not to allow corrupt agents to influence their choice of leaders during the elections.