The latter has been provided from the United Nations and Australia, Germany, Ireland, Japan New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. Bougainville Referendum Commission Statement on Eligibility Criteria. USAID joins IFES in support of the Bougainville Referendum Commission . These have been provided by the two governments, the electoral commissions of Papua New Guinea and Bougainville, and the international community. Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) today announced it would support the Bougainville Referendum Commission (BRC) with targeted material assistance at the request of the Government of Papua New Guinea and the Autonomous Bougainville … The vote was originally scheduled for 15 June 2019, but was delayed to 17 October amid allegations that the national government was slow to provide most of the promised funding for the referendum. process to the people of Bougainville. The referendum was delayed again to 23 November at the request of the Bougainville Referendum Commission to ensure the credibility of the referendum roll so more people can vote. scrutiny – was an orderly process, following the laws and regulations provided, The choices available in the referendum will include a separate independence for Bougainville. part of the ongoing peace process. Bougainville Referendum Commission acknowledgement December 12, 2019 We the BOUGAINVILLE REFERENDUM COMMISSION do hereby make the following statement regarding the conduct of the Bougainville Referendum 2019. Australia has confirmed up to K2.4 million in support of the work of the Bougainville Referendum Commission (BRC). Photo: RNZ / Johnny Blades Over 206,000 people were enrolled for the referendum, but Mr Claudio said the commission didn't yet have a voter turnout figure. BRC Chair’s speech at the return of the Referendum Writ. The Bougainville Referendum Commission has formally wound up its operations after running last year's vote on independence from Papua New Guinea. Those gathered in Buka to hear the announcement of the results from the chair of the Bougainville Referendum Commission’s chair Bertie Ahern … The 2019 Bougainville referendum offered valuable lessons for future elections, Kerryn Baker and Thiago Oppermann write. The number of voters is 206,731. the Bougainville Referendum Commission (BRC) — was formed in 2017 to conduct the referendum, overseen by a Joint Supervisory Body (JSB). of votes for Greater Autonomy:             3,043, Number The Bougainville Referendum Commission needs approximately K20 million for it to begin its operations. Number of votes for Greater Autonomy: 3,043. The Chief Referendum Officer Mauricio Claudio said that as of Sunday afternoon, 103 boxes had been verified, with about 80 officials overseeing the overall process in eight-hour shifts. The Bougainville Referendum Commission has formally wound up its operations after running last year's vote on independence from Papua New Guinea. workers who carried out their role in a determined way, to deliver a credible In a media update, the BRC’s Chief Referendum Officer, Mauricio Claudio, provided an update on progress towards the official commencement of polling this Saturday, which will see over 200, 000 registered voters vote for the Autonomous Region’s political future. The Bougainville Referendum Commission has announced that its SMS roll check service will be available again to use starting Wednesday 13 November. The referendum is non-binding and the vote for independence will now need to be negotiated between leaders from Bougainville and Papua New Guinea. A polling station for Bougainville's referendum for independence in Teau Bougainville, Papua New Guinea. coming days and weeks. Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister James Marape receives a final report into the Bougainville Referendum from Ruby Miringka of the Bougainville Referendum Commission. appointed to conduct the Bougainville Referendum, it is our conclusion from what The BRC is responsible for the conduct of the referendum. and on to the National Parliament of Papua New Guinea for final ratification as Many Bougainvilleans were realistic about difficulties ahead. the Referendum was inclusive, accessible, free and fair. Both governments said this delay would be the last. In October 2018, former Taoiseach of Ireland Bertie Ahern was appointed to chair the Bougainville Referendum Commission, which is responsible for preparing the referendum. Ahern was the former chairman of Bougainville Referendum Commission and was appointed this week as the moderator on post-referendum consultations. credibility to the process, and we look forward to their reports over the We thank in particular BRC says farewell with handover of final report, Last Chance to Submit Outstanding Referendum Claims, Chair – Commends Referendum Result to two Governments, Referendum Writ Returned to Governor General. The Bougainville Referendum: now what? The Bougainville Referendum Commission is confident of delivering a successful referendum for the people of Bougainville. The BRC Final Report has been formally tabled in both the National Parliament of PNG, and the Bougainville House of Representatives. Voting in the Pacific island of Bougainville's referendum on independence from Papua New Guinea (PNG) will be held between Nov. 23 and Dec. 7, the referendum commission said. and was peaceful.We witnessed voting that was informed, free of fear and Voting was planned to take place over two weeks, from 23 November … 18 talking about this. The University of Auckland's Jason Brown explains why it's worth watching with interest. BRC says farewell with handover of final report, Last Chance to Submit Outstanding Referendum Claims, Chair – Commends Referendum Result to two Governments, The Bougainville Referendum Law, Administration and Politics, The Referendum roll had equal numbers of women and men voting, The Referendum roll had 25 per cent first time voters, The voter turnout,of at least 85 per cent,was high when compared with international democratic electoral experience, and is the highest of any electoral process in Papua New Guinea  Â. The Bougainville Referendum Commission has confirmed that counting of referendum votes will be slightly different from ABG elections – this will see votes mixed together and then counted at the counting venue in Buka. 18 talking about this. We also thank PNG High Commissions in Australia and The announcement was made by Australian High Commissioner to PNG, Bruce Davis, in Buka yesterday in a meeting with the Bougainville Electoral Commissioner George Manu and Referendum Commissioner Patrick Nisira. The Bougainville Referendum: Law, Administration and Politics 3 Voter eligibility — suffrage 89 Establishing voter eligibility — rolls of voters 91 The agency to conduct the referendum 91 The Bougainville referendum commission (BRC) 92 The charter for the BRC 92 Roles of the BRC 93 BRC independence and impartiality 94 With under a month to go before the start of polling in the Bougainville Referendum, the Bougainville Referendum Commission has maintained that they stand ready to deliver a credible referendum for the people of Bougainville. We recognise the Referendum has been a national event, and so also acknowledge and thank the people of Papua New Guinea. We the BOUGAINVILLE REFERENDUM COMMISSION do hereby make the following statement regarding the conduct of the Bougainville Referendum 2019. – Number of votes for greater autonomy: 3043 – Number of votes for independence: 176,928 – Number of informal ballot papers: 1096 The Bougainville Police Service, Chief Referendum Officer for the Bougainville independence referendum, Mauricio Claudio. The Bougainville Referendum Commission is ready to deliver the referendum to determine the political future of the Autonomous Region. It works with, but is separate from, the two We all note that after the referendum results were announced, Bertie Ahern said Bougainville was not ready to assume full sovereignty from PNG. Number of votes for Independence: 176,928. 26 talking about this. The result was the Bougainville Peace Agreement (BPA), the creation in 2005 of the Autonomous Bougainville Government, and the promise of a non-binding referendum on independence. It works with, but is separate from, the two Photo: Bougainville Referendum Commission Ahern, a former leader of Ireland who served as Taoiseach from 1997 to 2008, more recently oversaw the preparation and conduct of Bougainville's historic referendum on independence last year, Welcome to the official page of the Bougainville Referendum Commission (BRC). and staff of the Secretariat for their tireless work. Welcome to the official page of the Bougainville Referendum Commission (BRC). The Bougainville Referendum Commission (BRC) was created on Janurary 24th, 2017 and the agreement signed in the presence of delegates from both governments.The formation of the BRC as an independent and impartial entity was agreed upon by the National Executive Council, the Bougainville Executive Council and the Attorney General. We all note that after the referendum results were announced, Bertie Ahern said Bougainville was not ready to assume full sovereignty from PNG. The referendum was approved by the Papua New Guinea government, but the result is non-binding. Chief Referendum Officer for the Bougainville independence referendum, Mauricio Claudio. As the Bougainville Referendum Commission stated, the numbers told an important story, reflecting the support for independence across genders and … Bougainville’s fate is a microcosm of similar struggles all over the world. The BPA declares that in the Constitution of the Papua New Guinea National Government and the Autonomous Bougainville Government, the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (ARoB) is guaranteed a non-binding referendum on Bougainville’s political future to be held amongst Bougainvilleans. Bougainville Referendum Commission - Autonomous Region of Bougainville - Australia September 2019 – Present 2 months. The BRC is made up of seven members appointed by the governments of Papua New Guinea and of Bougainville. The number of voters is 206,731. Many other organisations also The Bougainville Referendum Commission has extended the enrolment for Bougainvilleans living outside of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea to the 8th of July, 2019. Number The Bougainville Referendum Commission (BRC) was created on Janurary 24th, 2017 and the agreement signed in the presence of delegates from both governments.The formation of the BRC as an independent and impartial entity was agreed upon by the National Executive Council, the Bougainville Executive Council and the Attorney General. electoral practices for inclusive voting, including: We are grateful for the resources, financial and human, provided to conduct the Referendum to this inclusive standard. Bougainville in Papua New Guinea, and of course here in the Autonomous Region The new commitment builds on Australia’s existing support for the conduct of the Bougainville referendum including A$6.6m (K15.8m) for technical assistance for the Bougainville Referendum Commission through the international foundation for electoral systems and A$3.1m (K7.4m) for the PNG National Research Institute to encourage a more informed dialogue on the future status of Bougainville. Referendum is one of the pillars of the Bougainville Peace Agreement (BPA). We thank the two governments of Papua New Guinea and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, and the people of the Bougainville for their outstanding participation in this historic process – one part of the Bougainville Peace Agreement. In late 2019, Bougainville held a non-binding referendum on its future political status, with voters asked to choose between greater autonomy within Papua New Guinea (PNG) or independence. The GoPNG Chief Secretary, Isaac Lupari said that the BRC remains a priority for the National Government so funding for the entity will be sourced for the BRC to begin its operations. Photo: Bougainville Referendum Commission Ahern, a former leader of Ireland who served as Taoiseach from 1997 to 2008, more recently oversaw the preparation and conduct of Bougainville's historic referendum on independence last year, WE THE BOUGAINVILLE REFERENDUM COMMISSION do hereby make the following statement regarding the conduct of the Bougainville Referendum 2019. and their counterparts from the Regional Security Mission with police from New We also thank the Returning media, and indeed the people themselves, to determine whether the conduct of The Bougainville Referendum Commission (BRC) is the independent body established by the two governments to conduct the Referendum. Bougainville’s war between 1988 and … Enrolment of Bougainvilleans in every province of PNG, Display of the preliminary Referendum roll for public objections and scrutiny, Postal voting for those travelling, sick or otherwise unable to access a polling place, Provisional voting, for those not on the Referendum roll at their place of polling, Out of country voting (in Solomon Islands and Australia). On Friday, we look forward to Photo: RNZ / Johnny Blades Over 206,000 people were enrolled for the referendum, but Mr Claudio said the commission didn't yet have a voter turnout figure. Bougainville Ahern: BRC to deliver credibile referendum . Number of informal ballot papers: 1,096 . BRC Chair’s speech at the return of the Referendum Writ. Solomon Islands, and acknowledge local service providers. 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