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Bougainville Community Government elections commence today

THE Bougainville Community Government Elections begin today.

According to the returning officers and assistant returning officers of the community government elections, their preparations are on track and they are ready to conduct the elections.

Elections for most ward assemblies in South and Central Bougainville are set to commence tomorrow with only a few wards in these two regions expected to commence later this week.

Some ward assemblies in North Bougainville will also have their elections this week however, most are expected to observe their elections next week as their respective returning officers and assistant returning officers have yet to complete their awareness and polling training activities.

Acting Bougainville Electoral Commissioner, Mr George Manu said he is positive that the election will be conducted and completed as per the election schedule.

“Despite doubts that some people have regarding our preparations and ability to conduct, you can all be rest assured that we will successfully deliver this election as per our election schedule,” said Mr Manu.

“We will be conducting single elections for all the ward assemblies in Bougainville.

During this election, eligible voters from each ward assemblies will be nominating a male and a female representative that will be representing them in their respective community governments.

This inaugural community government election, which will be facilitated by the Office of the Bougainville Electoral Commissioner, will be held from the 3rd to the 27th of April, 2017.

The conduct of this election is in accordance with the Bougainville Community Government Act that was adopted by the Bougainville House of Representatives last year.

Following the completion of the elections, the ABG Department of Community Government will then proceed with facilitating the establishment of the respective Community Governments in Bougainville.  

Meanwhile, the acting Bougainville Electoral Commissioner, Mr George Manu is appealing to Bougainvilleans to participate in this election.

He said this is their chance to vote for leaders who will be able to play pivotal roles in the delivery of vital developments into their respective ward assemblies. 

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