PEOPLE of Halia, Taonita Teop and Kongara constituencies in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville have been commended for observing peaceful elections within their respective constituencies.
This commendation was made by the Bougainville Electoral Commissioner, George Manu when giving an update on the conduct of the 2018 ABG By-Elections.
“As the electoral commissioner of Bougainville, I want to thank all people in Halia, Taonita Teop and Kongara constituencies for making sure that our elections were peacefully conducted,” said Mr Manu.
“We did not experience any problems that could have jeopardized or prevented us from conducting the election. Your support had enabled us to successfully conduct and deliver the elections,” added Mr Manu.
Mr Manu also thanked all election officials as well as the police personnel and service providers for their valuable inputs.
“All your support and contribution had enabled us to deliver this election. As such, you all should also be commended for this.”
He also made mention of the work done by ward recorders from these constituencies for playing a pivotal role in updating the electoral roll that was used in the election.
“The ward recorders should also be thanked for their involvement in updating the names of eligible voters so they can then cast their votes in the election,” Mr Manu said.
According to Mr Manu, the only complaint received was that there were some voters that missed out on casting their votes due to their names not being on the electoral roll.
“People not having their names on the roll is the only issue that was raised by voters. In fact this issue is common in every election that we have conducted.
“However, this does not mean that we are not doing anything to address it. We will continue to make sure that we address this so that all eligible voters are given a chance to vote for candidate of their choice.
He further added that the Office of Bougainville Electoral Commissioner will continue to rely onall ward recorders in Bougainville to make sure that the electoral roll is properly updated and certified before the conduct of the next ABG elections.