Anglimp-South Waghi Contenders Petition Returning Officer’s Appointment

Some candidates from the Anglimp-South Waghi Electorate in Jiwaka Province have questioned the Electoral Commission’s appointment of their Returning Officer and his assistant.

The Jiwaka Provincial Election Steering Committee has denied recommending EC the names of the RO and ARO.

The candidates petitioned the Electoral Commission to revoke the decision before counting for Jiwaka begins tomorrow.

The Anglimp-South Waghi Candidates said they need an immediate change to the appointment of the Returning Officer, Willie Ropa, and his assistant, Samuel Kewa.

They petitioned the Jiwaka Provincial Election Steering Committee last week to recommend to the Electoral Commission their query.

When petitioning the Steering Committee Chairman, Michael Wandil confirmed the Committee had never received any application or recommendation from the PNGEC for the Returning Officer and his Assistant.

Their concern is for the Electoral Commission to revoke their decision and appoint other officers before Jiwaka goes into counting.

Counting for Jiwaka is set to start today. These candidates say they only came to know about this issue after polling.

They said if it was known, they would have asked for the revocation of their appointment before the polling.

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Vasinatta Yama

Vasinatta Yama

graduated from Divine Word University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts, with majors in Journalism and Public Relations, as well as minors in International Relations and Diplomatic Studies. Her current focus is reporting on court and crime stories as part of the news team. She constantly strives to improve her skills in investigative reporting.

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