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Public debates fail to win the vote

Papua

HOLDING public debates during the counting period is not appropriate, according to Deputy Police Commission and Chief of Operations Jim Andrews.
Andrews made this statement following his visit to Milne Bay a week ago to assess the progress of polling and security operations there.
There were concerns raised by disgruntled supporters of candidates over common roll issues when he visited the province.
They complained that names of many eligible voters were not on the common roll and the electoral commission has deprived the rights of many citizens eligible to vote.
However, Andrews stressed that they could take election matters to the electoral commissioner after the completion of the election process.
“I will not allow any public forum with the intention to disrupt the progress of counting in Milne Bay and this applies to other provinces as well,” Andrews said.

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