Local blames commission for winner not being on roll

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The National, Tuesday August 6th, 2013


THE Electoral Commission is being blamed for not having the name of a winning candidate in Lae on the electoral roll.  

Moyavi Ezikiel Gawi was declared councillor for ward 4, Bumbu, in Lae district, last week.

A community leader and contestant, Godfrey Yalisimbi said yesterday there were three people, including the winner, who contested for the ward and who did not have their names on the electoral roll but were still allowed to run for the local government election.

Yalisimbi, who had a copy of the common roll, said it was unfair on everybody, especially voters that such a mistake was made.

“Why didn’t the Assistant Returning Officers check the common roll beforehand to see if everyone contesting was registered?” he asked.