By Aloysius Laukai
The Bougainville Electoral Commissioner, GEORGE MANU today announced the completion of the Bougainville Common role in preparation of polling that will commence on May 11th, 2015.
The Commissioner made this announcement in one of his weekly programs on NEW DAWN FM.
He praised the 2015 COMMON ROLL stating that they managed to register additional TWENTY THOUSAND eligible voters in the final roll making the final number registered to ONE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY THREE THOUSAND VOTERS.
MANU also announced that his office has been busy running trainings for the Electoral officials to make sure they are fully equipped for this election.
The Bougainville Electoral Commissioner also acknowledged the UN Electoral advisors for organizing training for the scrutineers.
And he called on the candidates to make sure they send some of the scrutineers for these free trainings so that they can go back and train their other scrutineers.
He said these free trainings will be organized in each of the three regions of Central, South and North Bougainville.
BALLOT PAPERS ON PRINT
Meanwhile the Bougainville Electoral Commissioner, GEORGE MANU has also announced that Ballot Papers for this elections were printed in AUSTRALIA and will be arriving in Buka next week.
He said as soon as they are in, they will be distributed to the three regional Electoral offices of Arawa, Buin and Buka. MANU said that these regional offices have been established to see the smooth distribution of ballot papers to polling boots.
He said he will make sure there is no shortage of ballot papers at any one polling location this time.MANU said that election materials such as Ballot Boxes will be arriving this week for distribution to the three distributing centres.
He said that all is set for the conducting of the 2015 ABG General elections
SAD DAY FOR THE PEOPLE OF KONNOU
The biggest constituency on Bougainville, KONNOU which is in the East coast of South Bougainville will again miss out in voting as they are not free to cast their votes in the 2015 ABG General elections.
Reports reaching New Dawn FM says that parts of Konnou that is from TABAGO Mission up to the mountain ranges have been banned for any campaign by the Commander of Meekamui in the area, DAMIAN KOIKE.
Despite these set backs the people in these areas have voted in other places other than their area in all the elections that Bougainville held after the conflict.
Reasons for the ban is not known but local chiefs are trying to negotiate with the Commander to allow the election process to be carried in these areas.