The National, Friday 19th April 2013
By ZACHERY PER
PEOPLE in Eastern Highlands who provided various services to the PNG Electoral Commission during the 2012 general election are demanding to be paid.
They presented a petition on Wednesday to the provincial election manager listing their grievances.
Spokesman John Mipo demanded that the former election manager Alwynn Jimmy return to the province to see that all outstanding debts are settled.
The service providers gave the petition to acting provincial elections manager Janet Ruben. She could not be reached for a comment.
At the request of Jimmy on behalf the electoral commission, Mipo said they provided accommodation, vehicles, food and other services to make the elections a success.
He said the people had been waiting for almost a year to be paid.
Mipo also called for the deferral of the local level government elections in June until all the debts are settled.
“The service providers in Eastern Highlands will not allow any LLG election to be conducted until all outstanding claims are paid in full,” he said.
They will also boycott a handover ceremony for the provincial elections manager’s position in Goroka next week.
Mipo said they wanted the Electoral Commission to explain when they would be paid and why it was taking so long to process the payments.