Polling ends in Bougainville

The Acting Bougainville Electoral Commissioner today announced the end of polling in all constituencies in Bougainville.

“Today I am pleased to report that polling has been completed in all 33 constituencies in Bougainville,” he said.

“On Saturday 23 May, the last polling was completed in Tasman in the Atolls constituency.

Polling in Tasman was supposed to have taken place about two weeks ago, however this did not happen as schedule due to bad weather, which prevented polling officials from traveling from Mortlock Island to Tasman.

They finally made it to Tasman on Friday aboard the ABG-owned flagship, MV Rapois Chief.

The acting commissioner also announced the sorting of envelopes from the Special Voting Service (SVS), both for Bougainvilleans Inside Bougainville and Bougainvilleans Outside Bougainville.

The SVS is a new arrangement introduced by the Office of the Bougainville Electoral Commissioner (OBEC) to give Bougainvilleans not living in their constituency during the polling period the opportunity to cast their votes.

“Over the weekend, OBEC officials sorted the envelopes from the Special Voting Services, both for Bougainvilleans Inside Bougainville and Bougainvilleans Outside Bougainville.

“The sorting of this envelopes containing ballot papers was conducted in full view of scrutineers and electoral observers. This took place simultaneously in Buka, Arawa and Buin.

“Envelopes were sorted by region and constituency and the envelopes have already been transported under police escort to their home regions.

“No ballot papers were extracted, examined or counted during the Special Voting Service sorting process,” said Mr Manu.

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