The new Kairuku Open seat has started counting after midday yesterday after resolving the matter of scrutineers per candidate to be present in the counting venue during counting time.
The Returning Officer (RO) Mr. Henry Oa said they agreed on having scrutineers inside the counting venue, but one at a time.
“Two come in, one sits outside while the other goes in. When the one inside wants to take a break, then he comes out and other takes his place,” explained Mr. Oa.
Mr. Oa said about 50 ballot boxes; 25 for the Kairuku Open seat and 25 for Central Regional seat will be counted.
“We just got two boxes in, and we start with the boxes from the Kuni LLG (Local Level Government). So, we brought Kuni’s boxes in, open them up and do the counting.”
Meanwhile, earlier during the day the counting officials and scrutineers were briefed on the basic procedures and rules observed during counting.
The RO also told them to perform professionally and set a good example for other counting venues to follow.
All the counting will take place at the Murray Barracks gymnasium in Port Moresby city.