POLLING for the Bougainville Urban Community Government Elections ended about two weeks ago with the provisional declarations of the winning candidates of the respective seats in the four urban community governments of Buka, Kokopau, Arawa and Buin.
The three days polling which took place from the 19-21 of June saw more than fifty candidates contesting the male and female seats in the 22 wards within these four urban community governments.
Despite a slow start being experienced in nearly all polling places, all polling teams were still able to conduct polling as scheduled despite the little hiccups that were encountered.
The procedure for conducting the community government election is a very unique concept and differs from other normal parliamentary elections as both polling, counting of ballots and the provisional declaration of the winning candidates is done on the same day soon after the close of polling at each polling location.
Following the completion of polling and counting, all provisional declarations will then be forwarded to the Bougainville Electoral Commissioner to review these results.
These declarations are called provisional as they are not final. The final declarations will only be done by the Electoral Commissioner upon reviewing the results.
According to the Community Government Act that was passed by the Bougainville House of Representatives in 2016, the Commissioner will
have 14 days to review the results. During this period, electors that have complaints against the overall conduct of elections in their
respective wards will have the opportunity to forward their complaints to the Electoral Commissioner.
If there are no complaints raised regarding the provisional declarations of each of the ward elections, then the Commissioner will certify the results and make the final declarations.
If however the results are not satisfactory, the Commissioner will then nullify the provisional declaration of the ward of concern before setting a new date for supplementary elections to be held.
The certification and announcement of the election results will be made by the Bougainville Electoral Commissioner at the end of the review period, which is set at the 11th of July.