Ahern Thanks Stakeholders
Bougainville Referendum Commission Chairman Bertie Ahern has thanked all stakeholders for a successful and credible conduct of the Bougainville referendum election which concluded with the announcement of the results yesterday in Buka.
“We’re grateful for the resources, financial and human, provided to conduct the referendum to this inclusive standard.
These have been provided by the two governments, the electoral commissions of Papua New Guinea and Bougainville, and the international community, the latter has been provided from the United Nations and Australia, Germany, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States,” he said.
“We thanked the Chief Referendum Officer Claudio Mauricio and Staff of the Secretariat for their tireless work; we also thank the Returning Officer John Sisiesi, and the thousands of temporary workers who carried out their role in a determined way, to deliver a credible process to the people of Bougainville.”
Mr Ahern thanked many other organizations also who contributed to the good conduct of referendum, the Bougainville Police Service and their counterparts from the Regional Security Mission with police from New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands, together with support from the Royal PNG Constabulary provided for good law and order, and secure transport of polling materials.
“We also thank PNG High Commissions in Australia and Solomon Islands and acknowledge local service providers.
We thank the people of Bougainville living far and wide in Australia, Solomon Islands, outside Bougainville in PNG and of course here in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville who have come out to have their say,” Mr Ahern said.
“As an electoral process that aspired to meet international standards, it is for observers, scrutineers and the media, and indeed the people themselves, to determine whether the conduct of the referendum was inclusive, accessible, free and fair.
We thank in particular scrutineers, and observers from here and overseas for bringing transparency and credibility to the process and we look forward to their reports over the coming days and weeks.”
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