Trawen urges officials to return writs immediately

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The National, Monday 30th July 2012

ELECTORAL Commissioner Andrew Trawen yesterday urged his elections officials around the country to return the writs for their respective electorates as soon as possible.
But he remains confident that counting for about 20 seats left to be declared will be completed before the deadline on Wednesday.
“If we continue to ignore the importance of returning the writs, it will simply mean more delays in concluding this election,” he said in a statement yesterday.
“I am appealing again to those election managers, provincial returning officers and returning officers who have declared their results up until yesterday to please bring in your writs as soon as you can.”
He said 19 of those remaining seats were now midway into eliminations and three were nearing the end of their primary counts.
Day and night counting will continue until the 111th and final seat is declared.
“I am aware all eyes are on two more women candidates who are in the Eastern Highlands provincial (Julie Soso, T.H.E. Party) and Madang (Mary Kamang, PNG Party) provincial seats.
“This election has produced already two winning female MPs.”
now we watch with interest two more.”