Showing posts with label 2022 PNG Elections. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 2022 PNG Elections. Show all posts

Papua New Guinea Electoral Commission PNGEC Website - Election 2022

The Papua New Guinea Electoral Commission (PNG EC) website is offline right after the last election. This year, it seems, they are operating from their Facebook page. 

But, for a statutory body, it is a no brainer to have a working website, let alone during the election period.

The website is NOT ONLY an important tool for gathering election 2022 data and communicating information at this time, but also a vital information source for future elections.

PNG EC should get its website back online. 

Latest deferral of the Opening of Nominations and what dates are changing - read the updates

Why PNG EC website is offline?

The main reason the website is offline is simply that the PNG EC is unable to host it successfully.

You'd think they should get it online by now when they already have a functioning URL. Not only that, they are on Google search results, too. Out of 230,000 search appearances, PNG EC website is number 1 and rightfully it should!

PNG EC is the body that should have its own website at this time. 

Social media and Facebook pages are not the right places to store, manipulate, analyse and retrieve election data. Social media are only sharing platforms. 

Election data is important.

PNG Electoral Commission website

Why PNG EC should run its website?

For a statutory body like PNG EC ( and especially during the election), it is vital to get the website online.

A good website can help the electoral commission do many things Facebook cannot do, both on the FRONT HAND and BACKHAND.

Also, a website can help the EC collect and relay information in real-time. 

Above all, the PNG EC website is the primary channel of information for all election-related events, not the news sites or Facebook. 

How PNG EC can get the website back online

The website is a powerful communication tool, therefore the PNG EC must get it back online, going into the 2022 National General Elections.

If you click on the PNG EC links on Google, this is what you get...

Papua New Guinea election results updates

A 404 error simply shows that the PNG EC website is offline. 

As mentioned, the EC already has a URL. Also, they have the website database with their previous company that host its website in 2017. 

It is a matter of getting a backup from them. And, securely host the website. 

In fact, there are different levels of hosting services and server capabilities available. As for the PNG EC website, the second or third level hosting (referred to as the cloud) would be enough. 

It can cost a couple of thousand US dollars to get it up. They do NOT have to spend K100,000 to get make it work.

It's not like creating a new website, it should be quick and easy. Here is how to get the website back online.

What the electoral commission is saying about its website

The PNG EC is saying that they are re-designing the website. Here is what appears on the search.

''The website of the Electoral Commission of Papua New Guinea is currently being redesigned. Access to past PNGEC data is hence limited at the moment. Please reach out to our team via social media...'' Google Cache snippet 08/05/2022
This message has been up since the website went offline right after the 2017 elections. So it has been 5 years.

PNG EC needs a website 

There is no reason or excuse valid enough to justify why the PNG EC website is still OFFLINE. 

This statutory body needs a website for the election for gathering data and disseminating information to the public. And also for assessing the data from the 2022 elections.

PNG EC should not depend on Facebook alone.

PNG EC 2022 Election Updates - Administrative Matters Not Interfer with Election Dates

The Papua New Guinea Electoral Commission (PNG EC) released the tentative dates for the 2022 national general election in May 2021. That was almost a year before the national elections. 

PNG Insight gives detail on this and the countdown to the major election activities here (countdown to major election events). You can also get the deferral dates from the updated article.


PNG Electoral Commission 2022 Election Dates Updates

The electoral commission has to either stick to the tentative dates or risk losing time. Moving the dates around can affect election timing which can impact the election 2022 program.

As planned, each activity is given enough time and is in line with the past election dates. Here is the breakdown according to the current (tentative) arrangement:

  • Intending candidates have 7 days to make their election nominations. 
  • The window of 7 weeks campaign period from the close of the nomination to the start of polling. 
  • Polling will take place over 2 weeks (14 days). 
  • Counting of elections is scheduled to take place over a period of 3 weeks initially. It was changed to 6 weeks, then to just 1 week. (For an unknown reason, counting is now planned for only 1 week)
  • 2022 PNG National General Election takes place over a period of 13.5 weeks.
  • Return of Writs is pegged to the 29th of July 2022.
Here is what TI PNG said about the important election deadlines. 

2022 PNG Election tentative dates changes

All election-related events (nomination, campaign, polling, counting, writs) have been allocated sufficient time, that is why there is no need to change the tentative date. 

However, in the past elections, we saw the campaign period was reduced, and counting was extended in some parts of the country. 

In fact, this had affected the 'return of writs'. And lead to a whole lot of inconveniences.

Remember last election when Gumine Open has two elected MPs sitting in 1st parliament sitting? That's a clear example of PNG EC incompetency.

What we now see is an act of naivety by the PNG EC when it leaves the election dates in limbo, nevertheless.

Funding can be an issue. But the govt/treasury has no right, but excuses, to withhold funding.

Inevitably, the 2022 PNG election has been deferred by two weeks citing preparations for the 7 new electorates.

Return of Writs is pegged to the 1st of August 2022. We made an adjustment to our earlier article

PNG EC need to rely on experience, wisdom,  judgement

Recently, the EC change the polling date from the 25th of June to the 18th of June 2022. That was the first change to the tentative dates. Polling is now confirmed for the 9th of July 2022.

The EC cannot let the circumstance dictates to it what it must do.

This is the national general elections.

Dates must be set, confirmed and finalised and followed through.

The EC must know that the National General Elections  are above any govt. It's a mandatory requirement govt past and present submit to.

It is now too late to make any other changes.

Election tentative dates are important

In an NCB news report the 

'Electoral Commissioner Simon Sinai says writs for the 2022 national election will not be issued next Thursday.'

He also said that

'the date of April 28th for the issue of writs is only part of the tentative election program. The PNG Electoral Commission has not released any official dates as yet.'

The official tentative dates have no problems with them. These dates must be confirmed and locked in.

The current prime minister gave his backing for the election dates as reported by The National.

Other administrative matters should not interfere with election dates. Period.

PNG 2022 election unlike others in the past

The PNG 2022 election will be the most closely watched election unlike others in the past.

The international (Australia and Pacific) media outlets will be watching and reporting. They can make their own stories, but what matters the most is a successful election.

That means that the electoral commission must be decisive, and be confident in the date it set earlier. There is no need to change it.

There is no room to move things around now.

Why is mobile phone & internet important for 2022 PNG election?

News and information travel fast on the internet. But importantly, social media in PNG will be lit with election-related events.

In fact, the internet coverage in PNG is much better than it was 6 years ago. Also, the recent inception of Vodafone PNG is an added bonus, it cannot come at the right time. 

It is going to be an interesting election.


The electoral commission of Papua New Guinea further deferred the polling dates for PNG National Elections 2022 by one week. All other dates remain the same, except the polling date. The polling starts Saturday on the 2nd of July 2022

PNG National Elections 2022 Countdown

PNG Insight is listing the major events in chronological order so that you are in tune with what's going on.

The countdowns are in days(d), hours (h), minutes (m) and seconds (s), each terminating at the end of the event scheduled by the Electoral Commission of PNG.

Issue of Writs/Nomination Open: Thursday 12th May 2022

A writ of election is declared on the date by the Governor-General, effectively dissolving the parliaments and calling for a fresh 2022 election.

How long before the Issue of Writs?

Nomination Closes: Thursday 26th May 2022

There is a 3 week period between the close of nomination and polling- this is the campaign period.

Polling Period starts:  Saturday  2nd July 2022 (*UPDATED)

How long before polling starts? Polling takes 3 weeks.

Polling Period ends: Friday 22nd July 2022

Counting is planned to take place in just 1 week.

Return of Writs: On or Before 29th July 2022

There you have it.  (The countdown to the major 2022 election activities across the nation)

Stay in touch with PNG Insight on Twitter & YouTube for election stats, data and information you should know.


PNG Elections Provincial and Electorates - Data Visualisation Invalid Votes

Video shows data of past PNG Elections ACTUAL Ballot Votes from 1972 to 2017. There is an increasing number of voters as indicated by the ballot votes over the years. 

However, some provinces have indicated an 'abnormal' trend as far as the voters' number is concerned - watch the video to spot the irregular patterns - it is concerning! 

There is a need for the PNG Electoral Commission to keep a good record of past elections. 

Create Election Poster with Colourful Background, Images and Texts.

Do you want to create the best election poster? Here are 3 apps that will help you to create Election Poster Background and make every election poster stand out in the crowd. 

    1. Canva

    2. iShots

    3. Powerpoint

Let's go through each one of them. Note that the last is easy, but not many people know how to use it. So, learn the tips and try them out. 

election poster background

Canva for Election Poster Background

You can use both the mobile app and desktop version of Canva to create amazing election posters. There are free templates that you can use and customise to your advantage. All you need is data, a mobile phone or laptop computer. 

However, the designs are limited in the free version. The paid version has all that you need to create a professional poster, image, background and more. The functions are limitless, it depends on your creativity!

iShot for Election Post Image

Like Canva, iShot is available in the mobile app as well as the desktop application. If you are looking for something simple. quick and straightforward, this is the app. 

You can move the image to the background or set a canvas background, bring forward images, use texts and manipulate the images to your liking. It's a simple image and video creator, you can do landscape and portrait with texts and styles.

It's available in free and paid versions. 

Powerpoint Image creator

In terms of ease of use and availability, PowerPoint is the best tool you have. It requires patience and skills to create the best election poster. 

In fact, you can do anything with PowerPoint (and publisher). A top hint is to use the template generator or template design. Connect to the internet, and use the 'auto-design' feature of the latest MS office. 

Then, set the background, use text and create the election post to your heart's desire. 

All in all, these three applications are compatible with mobile phones as well as desktops computers. 

PNG 2022 Election Update: Names of Provicial Returning Officers

2022 PNG Election News Update: The Papua New Guinea Electoral Commission (PNGEC) has appointed 19 Returning Officers (ROs) for the 2022 National General Elections (#2022NGE). Their appointments were dated 8th Oct 2021.

2022 election news updates today

Latest deferral of the Opening of Nominations and what dates are changing - read the updates

The three provinces with unknown ROs are Sundown, Western and Western Highlands provinces.

2022 PNG Election News Update - Provinces and 2022 NGE Returning Officers

Do you want to write a good Candidate profile? Here is how to do it!

  1. Autonomous Region of Bougainville (Justin Pantumari)
  2.   Central (Peter Malaifeope)
  3.  Chimbu/Simbu (Tom Sine)
  4.   East New Britain (Joap Volvol)
  5.   East Sepik (James Piapia)
  6.   Eastern Highlands (Steven Gore Kaupa)
  7.   Enga (Anton Iamau)
  8.   Gulf (Poevare Tore)
  9.   Hela (John Tips)
  10.   Jiwaka (Rossie Pandhau)
  11.   Madang (Spoosa Navi)
  12.   Manus (Alice Sikin)
  13.   Milne Bay (Dadu Daga)
  14.   Morobe (Simon Moheke)
  15.   National Capital District (Kila Ralai)
  16.   New Ireland (Annette Bais)
  17.   Oro Northern (Daisy Hombogani)
  18.   Sandaun West Sepik (???)
  19.   Southern Highlands (Alwynn Jimmy)
  20.   West New Britain  (Emily Kelton)
  21.   Western /Fly (???)
  22.   Western Highlands (???)
NOTE: The PNGEC missed the appointment of the 3 ROs due to reasons unknown. This list has been circulated widely on Social Media. 

We hope that the PNGEC does this selection properly and ensures that this important appointment is complete and FINAL. 

Let us know in the comment if you know of the ROs for Sundown, Western and Western Highlands provinces.

PNG Organic Law on the Integrity of Political Parties and Candidates (and MPs) Is A Failed Political Reform

Peter O'Neill's People's National Congress has the highest number of MPs (27) followed by Independent MPs (14); Don Polye's  Triumph Heritage Empowerment Party has 12 MPs; Patrick Pruaitch's National Alliance Party has 8 MPs; United Resources Party and Papua New Guinea Party has 7 MPs each. 

2022 election results

It is important to note that the list contained parties and names of MPs who contested under party banners. Many of the MPs who won under sponsored political parties like THE party have jumped ships. 

Others have joined government or defected to opposition and middle bench or scattered at the backbench, caught between party politics.

The three convicted MPs are from PNG Party (Francis Potape), PNC party (Havila Kavo) and PUA party (Paul Tiensten). PNG party has also lost Daniel Mona.

THE party leader, Don Polye, is the Opposition leader. His party deputy leader, Leo Dion, is the Deputy Prime Minister. How can a party leader be the leader of the Opposition while his deputy is the Deputy Prime Minister in the government on the other side of the house? 

This simply shows that party politics is fragile and pragmatic with no control measures to strengthen political parties. There is, now, a total collapse in the system and structure of political parties which is a cause for concern. 

The Organic Law on the Integrity of Political Parties and Candidates (OLIPPAC; passed in 2001) has failed. Stability within the party is non-existent. Unless political parties are strengthened, Independent MPs and smaller parties can do whatever they want on impulse.

           Name                             Political Party                                      Number of Members  

1         Joseph Lelang               Coalition for Reform Party                               
2         Sasindran Muthuvel       Coalition for Reform Party                               
3         Komun Joe Koim           Independent                                                     
4         Kila Haoda                     Independent                                                     
5         Noah Kool                      Independent                                                     
6         Ron Ganarafo                Independent                                                     
7         Bire Kimisopa                Independent                                                     
8         Robert Atiyafa                Independent                                                     
9         James Lagea                 Independent                                                     
10       Johnson Tuke                Independent                                                     
11       Camillus Bongoro          Independent                                                     
12       Nixon Mangape             Independent                                                     
13       De Kewanu                    Independent                                                     
14       Kelly Naru                      Independent                                                     
15       Solan Mirisim                 Independent                                                     
16       Richard Maru                 Independent                                                     
17       Loujaya Toni                  Indigenous People's Party                               
18       Malakai Tabar                Melanesian Liberal Party                                 
19       Dr Allan Marat                Melanesian Liberal Party                                 
20       Patrick Pruaitch             National Alliance Party                                     
21       Salio Waipo [2]              National Alliance Party                                     
22       John Hickey                   National Alliance Party                                     
23       Sir Michael Somare       National Alliance Party                                     
24       John Simon                    National Alliance Party                                     
25       Joe Sungi                       National Alliance Party                                     
26       Kerenga Kua                  National Alliance Party                                     
27       Jim Simatab                   National Alliance Party                                     
28       William Tongkamp         New Generation Party                                     
29       Ronnie Knight                New Generation Party                                     
30       Sir Puka Temu               Our Development Party                                   
31       Richard Mendani           Papua New Guinea Country Party                   
32       Jeffrey Kuave                 Papua New Guinea Country Party                   
33       Sam Basil                      Papua and New Guinea United Party (PANGU)      
34       Daniel Mona (Deceased)Papua New Guinea Party                                
35       Lukas Dekena                Papua New Guinea Party                                
36       Ross Seymour               Papua New Guinea Party                                
37       Francis Potape(Convicted)  Papua New Guinea Party                                
38       Jim Kas                          Papua New Guinea Party                                
39       Francis Marus                Papua New Guinea Party                                
40       Belden Namah               Papua New Guinea Party                                
41       Tommy Tomscoll           People's Democratic Movement                      
42       Paias Wingti                   People's Democratic Movement                      
43       Labi Amaiu                     People's Movement For Change Party            
44       Garry Juffa                     People's Movement For Change Party            
45       Charles Abel                  People's National Congress                             
46       Koi Trape                       People's National Congress                             
47       Jim Miringtoro                People's National Congress                             
48       Havila Kavo (Convicted) People's National Congress                             
49       Peter O'Neill                   People's National Congress                             
50       Francis Awesa               People's National Congress                             
51       Bob Dadae                     People's National Congress                             
52       Paru Aihi                        People's National Congress                             
53       Ereman Tobaining Jnr.  People's National Congress                             
54       Nixon Duban                  People's National Congress                             
55       Charlie Benjamin           People's National Congress                             
56       Paul Isikiel                     People's National Congress                             
57       Roy Biyama                   People's National Congress                             
58       Michael Malabag           People's National Congress                             
59       Mangere Siniwim           People's National Congress                             
60       Jeffery Komal                 People's National Congress                             
61       Louta Atoi                      People's National Congress                             
62       Boka Kondra                  People's National Congress                             
63       Isaac Waigavara            People's National Congress                             
64       Ano Pala                        People's National Congress                             
65       Gordon Wesley              People's National Congress                             
66       Aide Ganasi                   People's National Congress                             
67       William Powi                  People's National Congress                             
68       Ken Fairweather            People's National Congress                             
69       James Marape               People's National Congress                             
70       Mao Zeming                   People's National Congress                             
71       Benny Allan                   People's National Congress                             
72       Wesley Nukundj             People's Party                                                  
73       Peter Ipatas                   People's Party                                                  
74       Davis Steven                 People's Party                                                  
75       Mogerema Sigo Wei      People's Party                                                  
76       John Pundari                 People's Party                                                  
77       Robert Sandan Ganim   People's Party                                                  
78       Ezekiel Anisi 1               People's Progress Party                                  
79       Theo Zurenuoc              People's Progress Party                                  
80       Ben Micah                      People's Progress Party                                  
81       Titus Philemon               People's Progress Party                                  
82       Byron Chan                    People's Progress Party                                  
83       Sir Julius Chan              People's Progress Party                                  
84       Anderson Agiru              People's United Assembly Party                      
85       Paul Tiensten (Convicted)                People's United Assembly Party                      
86       Ati Wobiro                      People's United Assembly Party                      
87       Tobias Kulang                PNG Constitutional Democratic Party               1
88       Justin Tkatchenko          Social Democratic Party                                  
89       Powes Parkop               Social Democratic Party                                  
90       Joseph Yopyyopy          Social Democratic Party                                  
91       Mehrra Minne Kipefa     Stars Alliance Party                                         
92       Wera Mori                      Triumph Heritage Empowerment Party           
93       Julie Soso                      Triumph Heritage Empowerment Party           
94       David Arore                    Triumph Heritage Empowerment Party           
95       Don Polye                      Triumph Heritage Empowerment Party           
96       Mark Maipakai               Triumph Heritage Empowerment Party           
97       Douglas Tomuriesa       Triumph Heritage Empowerment Party           
98       Philip Nai                       Triumph Heritage Empowerment Party           
99       Leo Dion                        Triumph Heritage Empowerment Party           
100     James Gau Gelak          Triumph Heritage Empowerment Party           
101     Delilah Gore                   Triumph Heritage Empowerment Party           
102     Benjamin Poponawa      Triumph Heritage Empowerment Party           
103     Akmat Mai                      Triumph Heritage Empowerment Party           
104     Rimbink Pato                 United Party                                                     
105     Joe Lera                         United Resources Party                                   
106     William Duma                United Resources Party                                   
107     Mai Dop                         United Resources Party                                   
108     Benjamin Phillip             United Resources Party                                   
109     Dr Fabian Pok                United Resources Party                                   
110     Steven Pirika Kamma    United Resources Party                                   
111     Anton Yagama               United Resources Party