220414 WRITS ISSUED FOR TAONITA TINPUTZ BY ELECTION
By Aloysius Laukai
Writs for the TAONITA/TINPUTZ Constituency By-Election was issued this afternoon by the ABG Speaker, ANDREW MIRIKI at the ABG Parliament House this afternoon.
This was after the ABG Electoral Commissioner, GEORGE MANU’s report was presented to the Speaker on the preparation work for the By-election was accepted by the Speaker, ANDREW MIRIKI this afternoon.
Speaker Andrew Miriki said that he was satisfied with the preparatory work done so far by the Electoral Commissioner and his team.
He said that he was happy that the people of Taonita/Tinputz will now have a representative in the ABG House for the remaining months before the ABG General Elections in 2015.
MR. MIRIKI also called on the people of Taonita/Tinputz to cooperate well with the Election officials to make sure the conduct of the by-election is free, fair and Just.
The issue of writs also means that nomination is open for the next three days and will close on Thursday 24th of April, 2014.
Polling will commence on May 19th, 2014 and will close on May 23rd, 2014.
The writs will be returned to the ABG Speaker, ANDREW MIRIKI on May 26th, 2014.
This seat became vacant when the former member and Minister for Works, the Late CAROLUS KETSIMUR died at the end of last year.
The Bougainville Electoral Commissioner said that the by-election and the up-coming ABG General elections will be conducted under the ABG Electoral law which was amended to make certain changes like the three-days nominations period and daily end of polling closing at four pm instead of the former time of Six PM.
MR. MANU also said that all the election process of Order of draw and counting will be conducted out of the Tinputz district Office.
He said that the nomination fee remains at FIVE HUNDRED KINA per candidate.
ABG Clerk signs the writs this afternoon