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PNG adopts new voting system for by-election
December 4, 2003

Papua New Guinea is adopting the limited preferential voting system in a by-election this weekend for one of the country's 109 parliamentary seats.

Our reporter in Port Moresby, Firmin Nanol, says the system will be used for the first time in the Abau by-election.

The Electoral Reform Project has led a campaign to adopt the method after candidates allegedly abused the first-past-the-post system with bribery and undue influence.

The national court ruled the election of former public service minister, Dr Puka Temu, was null and void after former MP, Kilroy Geno, took an election petition over allegations of bribery and undue influence by Dr Temu.

A new member will be declared by early January next year.

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