PRELIMINARY costing of the one-day national elections scheduled to be held next year has been tagged at about $40million.
At least, this is what it will cost to hold a credible and transparent election, says Attorney-General and Minister Responsible for Elections Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.
He also noted a commitment in writing by the Papua New Guinea Government to contribute 25million kina (about $F18million) by March next year.
"Some of the donors have not necessarily given any figures and we also said to the donors that we don't necessarily need the money per se," Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.
"They can, for example, one country can buy ballot boxes but we have certain requirements that ballot boxes have international standards.
"So that defaced the cost in terms of overall cost. That is the approximate cost at this stage and it might be more or slightly less at this stage."
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said they had a meeting yesterday with development partners working with the government in resourcing the Elections Office.
He said the Elections Office had a big and small committee. The small committee comprises representatives from Australia, New Zealand, UK, European Union and PNG.
"We also agreed in principle that we had EU, Commonwealth and NZ experts who put together a report in terms of the need assessment gap analysis. Now, there needs to be a detailed approach done in terms of logistics and specific areas. We agreed in principle to get six technical experts, two from NZ, two from Australia and two from EU," he said.
"We'll be finalising that on Monday and some of them should be on the ground by the middle or third week of October."
At the same time, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said they would also engage some experts to start drafting regulations.
He added they aimed at getting all the information out to the public and political parties by the end of the year - knowing the rules and regulations in terms of counting, reconciliations, advertising - which would also be beneficial for other donors to know what was required.
"At the moment, we will need to have at least 3000 polling stations to ensure that we have the election conducted in one day."