Posted By Staff Reporter
Candidates contesting the Madang Open by-election will meet today, following the arrest of a Presiding Officer for having unused ballot papers in his possession.
Provincial Police Commander, Chief Superintendent, Sylvester Kalaut said, the man, whose identity has been withheld, was caught with the voting papers, when intercepted by police, yesterday.
Chief Superintendent Kalaut did not say where exactly the Presiding Officer was arrested.
Certain candidates including Clant Alok, Peter Yama and Stanley Pil, made their way to the police station round about noon yesterday when they heard about the man’s apprehension.
Several attempts yesterday by NBC News to locate the Returning Officer, Adolf Duangha, to get details on the ballot papers went begging.
Candidate Peter Yama further confirmed that the ballot papers were in a vehicle when intercepted. Another candidate, Bryan Kramer said candidates will be meeting tomorrow but did not disclose the meeting agendas.
This will be the second meeting of candidates, after last week’s at Star International Hotel, when they gave a petition to the Electoral Commission asking for a re- poll.
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