Voting in PNG elections draws to close

Voting in PNG elections draws to close

Voting in PNG elections draws to close

Posted 14 July 2007, 20:15 AEST

Voting in Papua New Guinea's national elections has drawn to a close after a five-day polling extension.

PNG Correspondent Steve Marshall reports almost four million Papua New Guineans have cast their vote across the country.

The riginal eleven day polling period was extended because of bad weather that disrupted the transportation of voting materials according to Mark Karambi from the PNG Electoral Commission.

"The weather was the thing, otherwise the whole country would have finished voting a long time ago and a lot of declarations would have been made"

The deployment of 11000 police and soldiers across the country ensured a relatively peaceful voting period. PNG police have reported 3 deaths since voting began on the 30 th of June.

Once the votes are tallied-then the horse trading between parties and independent candidates begins to form PNG's next Government.

An announcement is expected later this month or early next month.