Election back on track

Port Moresby April 11, 2012

Thousands of Papua New Guineans protest against the government's plan to delay national elections.

Thousands of Papua New Guineans protest against the government's plan to delay national elections. Photo: AFP

The Prime Minister and the electoral commissioner say Papua New Guinea's election will take place as scheduled, following a massive protest in the capital Port Moresby.

Thousands of protesters marched on Sir John Guise Stadium in the heart of the city's government district yesterday, demanding the government stop interfering in the electoral process.

PNG's politicians last week voted 63 to 11 to delay the June 23 poll by six months after it was revealed the rolls for 41 electorates in the resources-rich highland region were incomplete.

''The Parliament does not have the power to direct the electoral commissioner,'' Prime Minister Peter O'Neill told the crowd. ''Parliament will not interfere with the electoral commissioner.''

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