2017 National Election Observer Report
It is TIPNG’s view that the 2017 National Parliamentary Election was not delivered effectively, efficiently and of sufficient and acceptable quality.
TIPNG presented the findings of its election observation yesterday(Thursday 9/11/17) during its Integrity Seminar held to commemorate the organization’s 20th anniversary.
Key findings from voter survey were:
- voters reported that voting rights were taken by others without permission.
- voters said polling officials were responsible for delays in voting that resulted in voters not being able to vote.
- voters interviewed reported threats to voters on polling day, if they did not vote for a particular candidate.
- voters were offered bribes or asked for bribes to vote for a particular candidate on polling day
- there was a lack of secrecy in voting. Regional variation was noted, with Southern and New Guinea Islands Regions generally upholding secrecy.
Key Findings from Polling Place Survey:
- Often, polling place management and election administration was not carried out according to electoral law
- Lack of Secret Voting
- bribery and intimidation of voters during polling
- security personnel were not impartial
- polling places lacked election materials including security.
The following areas are recommended by TIPNG for the PNGEC and relevant agencies to improve:
- Enforcement of existing laws by agencies during the elections
- Electoral Roll Update and Verification
- Security and prevention of election related violence
- Election Awareness.