PNG Elections Ballot Votes Data Indicates Worrying Trend

We did an analysis of past PNG elections data using the actual ballot votes. The available data obviously shows an increase in the number of voters, which was expected from the elections in 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007, 2012 and 2017.

Data visualisation is up for interpretation

In the analysis, PNG Insight uses the raw data (see source discloser in the video descriptions) to produce moving graphs. This data visualisation is up for interpretation, but the two significant findings show that:
  • 1) there is significant growth in the ballot votes as indicated by the number of actual ballots counted; and
  • 2) data from some provinces have shown clear 'abnormalities', read on to find out why.

Data visualisation for PNG's 22 provinces

Expected ballot votes vs data abnormalities 

The data for 1987 and 2007 were excluded from this visualisation. In fact, PNG Electoral Commission has not been able to keep accurate and updated data from all the elections since 1972. 

The lack of and neglect of such important data is a loss. This blog hopes that PNG EC as well as PNG Universities take ownership of this vital data and digitalise all, including the 2022 PNG National Elections data. 

We are lucky to access the PNG Elections Data from the DevPolicy Blog. Though the data needed cleansing, what was available give a good picture of the election results and the behaviour of voters in each province in PNG. 

What PNG Election Data tells you about voters' behaviour 

In this data visualisation, you can see how the voters acted, how they voted and what they'd done prior to the elections.

You can either go through the video above or watch the videos from your regions -see below.

Momase Region Ballot Votes by Year - PNG Elections 1971 - 2017

Highlands Region Ballot Votes by Year - PNG Elections 1971 - 2017

New Guinea Islands Ballot Votes by Year - PNG Elections 1971 - 2017

Southern region Ballot Votes by Year - PNG Elections 1971 - 2017

2022 PNG Elections Data 

Collecting and analysing elections data is an important activity. PNG Electoral Commission must prioritise this activity. 

These historical data are not only for now but also for future planning. Therefore, while the PNG EC is planning the elections, it must also plan how to collect and preserve this vital data.

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