THE cost of implementing a roll verification system in Papua New Guinea is around K230 million, according to acting Papua New Guinea Electoral Commissioner (PNGEC) Simon Sinai.
“This is a lot of money. But given past election records, it is (an) affordable cost,” Sinai said.
He said the 2012 general election cost close to K800 million.
He said the 2017 one cost around K400 million.
The cost covered the process from enrolment to polling.
“If we establish this system with a photo roll, we will spend less to maintain the roll in 2027,” Sinai said.
“This exercise can be rolled out in less than 12 months. But time is against us.
“If the funds are timely appropriated, I am sure and confident that we are technically ready to take it.
“We have had enough of the hijacking of elections and its results by bullying citizens.
“We start blaming the Electoral Commission, not knowing the truth involved when managing these activities.
“I wish to see people change for the better and take ownership in managing our election.” The biometric system has three parts:
“I am establishing a platform to build and restore credibility back into the power of electing the best leaders using the election process with correct fundamentals of management such as the voters’ list,” he said.
He said the biometric system could restore confidence in a democratic election process in PNG, starting with a genuine list of voters.
“The biometric system may be the (system) to control and detect election robbery in PNG,” Sinai said.
“I shall soon outline number of changes taken on the management process as we endeavor to deliver a just, free, fair and credible election in 2022.”
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