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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 related violence.

''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.


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