Commissioner Manu urges candidates and their scrutineers not to disrupt counting

THE acting Bougainville Electoral Commissioner, Mr George Manu, is calling on candidates and their scrutineers not to try and disrupt the counting process.

He said if they have any queries than they should raise these through the process already set in-place to address disputes that may arise during the counting period.

“My Office, with support from UNDP, has introduced a formal Electoral Dispute Resolution Process.

“Under this process, any enrolled candidate, voter or scrutineer may complete a Complaint Form if they reasonably believe that a violation of the electoral law or other laws has occurred, or if they object to a decision made by an electoral officer,” said Mr Manu

Mr Manu encouraged people to utilize this process and not to disrupt the counting process.

“Counting Forms will be available at the counting centres. I encourage people to utilize this process and not to disrupt the counting process.

“As part of our commitment to accountability, my office will investigate all such complaints.

“I encourage all Bougainvilleans to continue working cooperatively with OBEC officials and the Bougainville Police Service to make this election free, safe and fair.”

Meanwhile, the Acting Electoral Commissioner is calling on scrutineers and the international and domestic observers to witness all scrutiny process.

“As part of our commitment to full transparency, I invite scrutineers and international and domestic observers to witness the process from the beginning to the end.”