ABC News Service
PNG electoral official hails success of new voting system
June 18, 2004
The Papua New Guinea Electoral Commission says it has successfully conducted
three by-elections using the new Limited Preferential Voting system for electing
members of the national parliament.
Under the system, voters elect their representatives by indicating their first,
second and third preferences on the ballot.
The chief electoral commissioner, Andrew Trawen, says it has reduced election
''The Limited Preferential Voting system - LPV - has broken the barrier in
tribal areas... especially up in the areas where there is always tribal
fights," Mr Trawen said.
"This is very good for the country as it brings peace and it has shown some
maturity in our election process in the country and people are starting to
respect one another," he said.