Showing posts with label PNG 2022 Election Updates. Show all posts
Showing posts with label PNG 2022 Election Updates. Show all posts

Where to get PNG Electoral Roll 2022?

Updating the electoral common roll was (and is still) a challenging task the electoral commission has had to endure. Leaving it until the last minute is going to make things difficult. The 2022 electoral common roll update began late in September 2021.

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The 2017 electoral common roll was the worst in PNG's election history. 

Roll inflation and ghost names have marred the last election. 

But, is PNG looking forward to a free and fair election in 2022?

png electoral roll search 2022

2022 national general election electoral common roll updates

Since 2019, NGOs and political commentators suggested the 2022 electoral roll update be done swiftly. However, the preparations for the roll update were delayed to September 2021 and work began in December 2021. 

The PNG electoral commission said that they are ready, but this was the same thing they said in 2017. Yet in some parts of the Highlands region, the electoral roll was inflated to over 70% of the population.

The 2017 electoral roll update was the worst in PNG's election history because it was riddled with ghost names and names of children under the age of 18. 

The recent by-election for Port Moresby North-west had the same problem where some residents do not have their names on the common roll. 

One observer wrote...

Some frustrations from voters whose names were not on the electoral roll but otherwise an orderly process at the polling stations I visited in Hohola and Waigani this morning. [Keith Scott @KeithScottFCDO, Twitter]

2022 electoral roll updates & validation

What is needed is not only an electoral roll update - but an update and validation. So that everyone living and residing in the electoral is accounted for. 

This can be done. The electoral commission does not need an additional K112 million to do that. It can do this within its budgetary allocation.

Get a competent team to do it.

PNG electoral roll search 2022

PNG Electoral Commission Electoral Roll 2022 should be ready. Yet, there's no clear indication of where to get the latest (updated) roll. Here is what you can do to get the 2022 updated electoral roll.

The EC is the right place to check if you are an intending candidate wanting to know your electoral voting population. Talk to the provincial returning officer (PRO) and district returning officer (DRO). They are representatives of the electoral commission - the right people to get the updated list from.

Alternatively, you can also check the 2017 electoral (common) roll at the PNG EC website - follow this link >>

PNG roll lookup 2022 app

Smartphone users can download the PNG Roll Lookup 2022 on Google play.

  • Go to the Google play store
  • Search for "PNG Roll Lookup 2022"
  • Install the app and search for your name.

PNG Roll Lookup 2022 app

Rush roll updates and no validation affect free and fair elections

As mentioned, any new government formed after the election has to make the electoral roll update its number 1 priority. 

This is will pave the way for a free and fair election in the future. 


The electoral commission of Papua New Guinea further deferred the polling dates for PNG National Elections 2022 by one week. Polling is on Monday 4th 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 Polling is deferred to Monday 4th 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. 

PNG 2022 Election Counting and Declaration Updates

Tracking the progress of PNG elections 2022 from polling to counting and return of writs. Papua New Guinea has gone through unprecedented 'confusion and chaos' in many parts of the country. Indicating a total lack of preparation for the elections and incompetency in the running of this national general election.

Deferral of Return of Writs, Unconstitutional

The deferral of RoW for a further 2 weeks to 14th August 2022 is unconstitutional, but there is a small window of time from the 29th July to 3rd August like in past elections, said the former Chief Justice and stateman, Sir Arnold Amet. 

He said in this news report that the 'fixed date for the return of writs is critically tied to the 5th anniversary of the date fixed for the return of writs from the previous elections'.

Section 105 of the Constitution provides for the fixed dates for the national elections to be held within 3 months of the 5th anniversary of the date fixed for the return of writs.

The PNG EC is going out of the time bound for the RoW and into 'unconstitutional territory.

Leading Political Party Candidates Tally

  • Pangu Pati (Leader - James Marape) x9 declared
  • People's National Congress, PNC (Leader - Peter O'Neill) x6 declared
  • United Resource Party, URP (Leader - William Duma) x2 declared
  • Peoples Progress Party, PPP (Leader - Sir Julius Chan) x1 declared
  • People's First Party, PFP (Leader - Richard Maru) x1
  • United Labour Party, ULP (Leader - Lekwa Gure) x1
  • People's Party, PP (Leader - Dr William Tongamp) x2
  • National Alliance, NA (Leader - Patrick Pruaitch) x1
  • Labor Party, LP (Leader - John Pundari) x1
Total winning candidates declared to date = 24 (25th July 2022)

For all the party tallies and latest declarations, click here

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2022 PNG Election Counting updates - declared

Nine provinces in the country have so far completed polling - Hela, National Capital District, Eastern Highlands, Southern Highlands, East New Britain, West New Britain, Milne Bay, New Ireland and Manus.

Counting for Hela province completed, winners declared.

Simbu and Western Highlands are the last provinces to go into polling. It starts on Monday 18th July 2022.

Open electorates declared
  • Tari Pori - James Marape Pangu Pati (declared 10 July 2022, first preference votes 39,877)
  • Lae Open - John Rosso  Pangu Pati (declared 17 July 2022, first preference votes 26,864)
  • Magarima Open - Manasseh Makiba Pangu Pati (declared 18 July 2022, votes received 20, 753)
  • Pomio Open - Elias Kapavore, Peoples Nationa Congress (PNC) Party (declared 18 July 2022, polled 11, 949 first preference votes)
  • Hela - Philip Undialu, Pangu Pati 118, 113 votes

2022 Election Writs to be returned by 29 July 2022

(There is an extension of 14 days for the Return of Writs to the 14th of August 2022)
  • Counting for some provinces has begun.
  • Polling ends on the 22nd of July 2022
  • Only 6 days window to complete ALL counting to the 28th July 2022
  • Return of Writs on the 29th July 2022
PNG EC has until 29 July 2022 to Return ALL 118 Writs to GG. 

He (GG) invites the party with the highest number of candidates to form govt.

Timely RoW will be the final indicator of the success or failure of the PNG 2022 election. 

PNG EC knows the election period is pegged to July 29th.

EC has to get this right.

Check out the possible platforms and news sites where you can get the latest counting updates for PNG 2022 elections as it happens.

Polling updates

Papua New Guineans are expected to go to the polls to elect the 118 (from the previous 111) parliamentarians on the 4th of July 2022. See the latest dates after the PNG Governor-General signed the Issue of Election Writs on the 12th of May 2022.

(Preparing for polling needs massive improvement. Reports have indicated 'confusion and chaos' in many parts of the country)
  • The polling date for the national election has been moved around from the 25th of June to the 18th of June 2022, then to the 9th of July; and then to the 2nd of July 2022; then to the 4th of July 2022, and NOW is chaos. NO ONE KNOWS FOR WHEN POLLING IN SOME PARTS OF THE COUNTRY STARTS.

  • The 2022 general election begins: PNG Governor-General signed and issued more than 460 writs for all the electorates on the 12th of May 2022.  The election writs are now live.
  • Issue of Election Writs now confirmed to 12th May 2022.
  • Return of writs pegged to the 29th of July 2022.
  • The Polling Period is reduced from 3 weeks to 2 weeks
  • Vote Counting Period was reduced from 3 weeks to 1 week.

PNG Election 2022 Polling Dates Dates (Update 4 - June 2022)

New dates after a further delay of nomination by 1 week.
  • Issue of Writs: Thursday 12th May 2022 - DONE ON TIME
  • Nomination Open: 19th May 2022 (PNG EC requested a further deferral citing the untimely death of the deputy prime minister and his party's preparations)
  • Nomination Close: Thursday 26th May 2022
                  2 WEEKS from the ISSUE OF WRITS
    • Polling starts: Saturday  4th July 2022 (not the 2nd of July) - this latest change is the 4th time the PNG electoral commission changed the polling date. This is followed by extensions in NCD and total chaos in other parts of the country. The electoral commission is making a 'mince meat' out of the 2022 polling dates. 
    • Polling ends: Friday 22nd July 2022 (remains the same)
                        3 WEEKS polling period according to the schedule, some areas like NCD will                            have only 1-day polling.
    • Counting starts: Saturday 23rd July 2022 (remains the same)
                        1 WEEK COUNTING
    • Return of Writs: On or Before 29th July 2022 (remains the same)

    What dates are changing?

    The GG has forced the EC to conduct the election by signing all the elections writs on the gazetted dates (see below). 

    The electoral commission has been 'kicking around the Polling Date like a soccer ball', it seems. Changed it 4 times!

    However, PNG EC adjusted the nominations (opens & close) dates and polling dates. The other dates remain unchanged. What does this mean?
    • Candidates can still nominate after the issue of writs. The electoral commissioner in a press statement (NBC news) said candidates can nominate after the IoW.
    • The further 1-week deferral is to give United Labour Party time to reorganise after the death of the party leader and PNG DPM.
    • The counting period is ONLY 1 week.

    Countdown to polling 

    Here is what the Integrity of Political Parties and Candidates Commission said about how voting is supposed to happen...

    Useful links: PNG Elections 2022 Updates

    2022 general election | PNG 2022 Election Updates | PNG Electoral Commission | Registrar of Political Parties and Candidates | Integrity of Political Parties and Candidates Commission

    PNG MPs DSIP Funds Allocated and MPs Salaries 

    How much a PNG MP Gets in DSIP fund and Salary Per Year - 2010 to 2020

    The Ombudsmen Commission has now issued a directive under the Constitution to freeze development and COVID-19 funds (PSIP, DSIP & LLGSIP) to MPs. 

    This was also done before the 2017 elections which saves the country K300 million.

    Children's Education during the election year

    From past experience, we know that many schools will experience interruptions. Students'  education will be disturbed, either the school closes early or by other election-related interruptions. 

    So, help your children do well in mathematics by checking out PNG Insight's Maths Resource website for Teachers & Students and parents.

    If you are a Grade 8, 10 or 12 student or parent, get the FREE Maths Exam Resource and prepare for the exams.

    Archive of changes made by PNG Electoral Commission 

    Below is the list of changes made by the electoral commission. It is perhaps, important to note that the PNG EC should plan and execute the plans thoroughly. Changing dates and events can affect the overall outcome of the elections.

    That means that there is a very high chance of 2017 repeating, where there were delays in counting and return of writs.

    There is a real concern that this could (and is highly likely to) happen given that the counting period is ONLY one week.

    Dates after the 2 weeks deferral (Update 3)

    These are the date sighted and signed before the death of the deputy prime minister. There were changes, as mentioned earlier - highlighted below.

    • Issue of Writs/Nomination Open: Thursday 12th May 2022
    • Nomination Close: Thursday 19th May 2022
    • Polling starts: Saturday  9th July 2022
    • Polling ends: Friday 22nd July 2022
    • Counting start: Saturday 23rd July 2022
    • Return of Writs: On or Before 29th July 2022

    PNG Election 2022 (Update 2)

    The Issue of Writs is on the 12th of May 2022. Intending candidates have 7 days ( 1 week) to make their election nominations. 

    The window of 8 weeks campaign period from the Issue of Writs to the start of polling. 

    Polling will take place over 21 days (3 weeks). 

    The counting of elections is scheduled to take place over a period of 7 days (1 week) from the end of polling to the Return of Writs.

    The 2022 PNG National Election is scheduled to take place from the 12th of May 2022 to the 29th of July 2022.
    The tentative dates for the Issue of writs changed due to the deferral by 2 weeks. These are the dates set initially.

    election 2022 dates
    PNG Elections 2022 Info, dates and updates on PNG Insight

    Updates on Provincial Returning Officers here - PNGEC ROs Selection/Name list.

    2022 PNG Election Dates Tentative (Update 1)

    • Issue of Writs: Thursday 28 April 2022
    • Nomination Close: Thursday 5 May 2022
    • Polling Period starts: Saturday *18 June 2022
    • Polling Period ends: Friday 8 July 2022
    • Return of Writs: On or Before Friday 29 July 2022

    2017 election dates vs 2022 elections dates

    As compared to the 2017 election dates, and the tentative election dates, the updated 2022 election dates have been deferred by 2 weeks. See the tweet.

    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