Posted By Staff Reporter
The Electoral Commission has gone to court to set aside the order for a recount for the Madang Open Seat.
The matter is being heard by the Waigani National Court this morning.
The Court of Disputed Returns had early this month, ordered a recount of votes from the 2013 by-election after it found there were errors and omissions on the part of the Commission.
It had ordered that the results be returned this Friday to court.
The Electoral Commission is set to start the recount tomorrow in Madang, but has in the meantime gone to court.
Chief Electoral Commissioner, Andrew Trawen, says the Provincial Election Steering Committee held a special meeting to discuss the recount, with Treasury yet to release four-point-seven million Kina.
The meeting discussed all the 11 orders issued by the National Court and found that the main area of concern was security of ballot boxes, ballot papers, counting venue and counting officials.
Mr Trawen says an understanding was reached by the police hierarchy in Madang and the National Court Registry that in light of manpower shortage, police reinforcements can be brought in from outside Madang.
Commissioner Trawen further says 25 counting officials from Lae and the Department of Morobe have been confirmed to conduct the recount at the same venue at the Jomba Y-C hall.
He says counting is expected to start mid this week.
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