The National, Tuesday, June 7th 2011
By ABIGAIL APINA
MORE than 2,000 informal votes were cast in the 2007 election in East New Britain, with Pomio district having the least informal votes, statistics show.
Provincial election steering committee chairman Pennie Maroro said there were still many people in the province who were not taking the electoral processes seriously.
Launching the province’s electoral commission’s awareness programmes last Friday, he said it was important for people to support the awareness programmes to minimise the big number of informal votes reported in the last election.
He said he was impressed with the small number of informal votes in Pomio district in 2007.
“In order for the election to be successful, everyone must work in unity in the province to minimise corruption practices during national election in the province next year,” Maroro said.
“Gazelle district is progressing well with its roll maintenance having completed Toma Vunadidir LLG and is now trying to complete the other four LLGs,” he said.
“Kokopo district has completed Bitapaka LLG and is progressing into its other LLGs.”
Electoral manager Terrence Hetinu praised the media for continuously reporting the activities of electoral commission in the province.
He said the media had created awareness that made their activities successful.