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Showing posts with label PNG Electoral Commission. 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 http://www.pngec.gov.pg/

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 2022 Election Dates Further Deferred by 1 Week after Death of DPM - adjusted dates (Updated)

Papua New Guineans are expected to go to the polls to elect the 118 (from the previous 111) parliamentarians on the 2nd of July 2022. See the latest dates after the PNG Governor-General signed the Issue of Election Writs on the 12th of May 2022.



2022 PNG Election updates:
  • 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.
  • The polling date for the national election has been moved around from the 25th of June to the 18th of June, then to the 9th of July 2022; and now to the 2nd of July 2022!

2022 PNG Election Adjusted Dates - updated 12th May 2022

New dates after a further delay of nomination by 1 week.
  • Issue of Writs: Thursday 12th May 2022 - DONE ON TIME
                PNG EC WANTS 1 WEEK OF FURTHER DEFERRAL TO NOMINATION 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  2nd July 2022 (from the 9th of July)
    • Polling ends: Friday 22nd July 2022 (remains the same)
                        3 WEEKS polling period
    • 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). 

    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.

    Dates after the 2 weeks deferral

    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 Updates

    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.

    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


    KEYWORDS:
    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 

    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 

    • 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.


    The timing for each activity remains fairly the same.