1. A person is eligible to be a candidate for election as a ward representative for a ward if-
- (a) the person is an elector of the ward for the election; and
- (b) the person’s nomination as a candidate is supported by at least 2 electors of the ward; and
- (c) the person is acting of his or her own free will.
2. However, a person is not eligible to be a candidate for election as a ward representative if-
- (a) the person is a member of, or a candidate in an election of, the House of Representatives or National Parliament; or
- (b) the person is a ward representative for a different ward or, in the case of a general election, the person is or has been a candidate for a different ward in the election; or
- (c) the person is a member of the staff of the community government; or
- (d) the person has been sentenced to imprisonment and is, or could on the happening of some contingency become, liable to serve the sentence or the remainder of the sentence; or
- (e) the person is not eligible for election under Part XIII (Leadership Code) of the Bougainville Constitution.
3. The candidate must be of the required gender.
4. However, a person of unspecified gender may assume a gender for becoming a candidate (and if the person is elected, the person will be taken to be of that gender for this Act).