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Budget shortfall

Dawn Gibson
Sunday, August 10, 2014

ELECTORAL Commission chairman Chen Bunn Young has confirmed that not all financial support promised for the Elections Office for the September polls has yet come through.

"What has happened is that I know that some of the funds have not come in yet, as was promised, but I can't tell you how much it is," Mr Young told this newspaper in an interview yesterday.

He said however that despite this, the Elections Office had been operating well within its current budget.

"I think we're well within our budget, but for the next phase, I think we will need to be looking for those funds to come in very soon — sooner rather than later."

At the 2014 budget announcement last year, Prime Minister Rear Admiral (Ret) Voreqe Bainimarama announced that the Papua New Guinean Government promised $25million PNG kina ($F18.8m).

"We have allocated $15million for preparations for next year's elections.

"The balance will be provided by our international partners, many of whom will also soon be making specific pledges for material support, based on the results of our needs assessment survey," the Prime Minister said in his speech.

"Papua New Guinea has already pledged 25million Kina for the preparation for elections.

"The 2014 budget provides $7m to prepare for the first sitting of the elected parliament, including operational costs and upgrades to the parliamentary complex.

"This funding will go towards staff salaries and the refurbishment of the parliamentary chambers.

"We are currently finalising a UNDP needs assessment for our parliament."

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