Common roll nears completion, media urged to be transparent


THE Common Roll update in the country is about 80 per cent completed and will be ready for use for the general election, Deputy Electoral Commissioner Simon Sinai said yesterday.
Sinai said that verification of the roll was being done and they were only entering new voters who had reached 18.
“The governor-general will issue the writs on April 20 to signal the official commencement of the election programme,” Sinai said.
He said that when closing a three-day workshop for reporters at the Dixie Bungalow at 17-Mile outside Port Moresby yesterday.
Sinai also urged the media to be transparent when doing coverage during the elections.
“As watchdogs for the public interest, it is the commission’s appeal to you all as professional journalists to ensure that the media can make or break a country.
“Your role as media professionals in the 2017 national elections is very critical,” he said.
“I urge you all to play your role, not only as sources of news but also educators to educate voters about their right to make fully informed choices on polling day.”

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