The 2019 Bougainville referendum offered valuable lessons for future elections, Kerryn Baker and Thiago Oppermann write. and was peaceful.We witnessed voting that was informed, free of fear and Many other organisations also Welcome to the official page of the Bougainville Referendum Commission (BRC). We also thank the Returning 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. Many Bougainvilleans were realistic about difficulties ahead. It works with, but is separate from, the two Special polling at hospitals, for people for with disabilities. electoral practices for inclusive voting, including: We are grateful for the resources, financial and human, provided to conduct the Referendum to this inclusive standard. On Friday, we look forward to 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. We all note that after the referendum results were announced, Bertie Ahern said Bougainville was not ready to assume full sovereignty from PNG. After polling closed on Saturday, officials with the Bougainville Referendum Commission have gathered all 249 ballot boxes at the count centre in Buka. The informal vote of 1,096 was low when compared with international democratic electoral experience and national elections. 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. Number of votes for Independence: 176,928. returning the Referendum Writ to the Governor-General in Port Moresby. from the Royal PNG Constabulary, provided for good law and order, and secure transport The final voter turnout of 87.4 percent comes from the 181,067 persons who voted in the referendum, out of a total of 207,213 persons on the final referendum roll. part of the ongoing peace process. In contrast to the 2014 Scottish Referendumthat was held in … Mr Marape thanked BRC for conducting a successful referendum in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville. of votes for Independence:                      176,928, Number The 2019 Bougainville referendum offered valuable lessons for future elections, Kerryn Baker and Thiago Oppermann write. 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 vote officially ended on December 7 and, according to the Bougainville Referendum Commission, it was completed without major incident. The referendum was approved by the Papua New Guinea government, but the result is non-binding. workers who carried out their role in a determined way, to deliver a credible Bougainville Referendum Commission Statement on Eligibility Criteria. 12 talking about this. The University of Auckland's Jason Brown explains why it's worth watching with interest. Ahern was the former chairman of Bougainville Referendum Commission and was appointed this week as the moderator on post-referendum consultations. 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. the Referendum was inclusive, accessible, free and fair. Bougainville Referendum Commission - Autonomous Region of Bougainville - Australia September 2019 – Present 2 months. of Bougainville – who have come out to have their say. The referendum will be held no sooner than ten years, and in any case no later than fifteen years, after the election of the autonomous Bougainville Government. 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. Zealand, Australia, Fiji, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands, together with support 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. Photo: Bougainville Referendum Commission In the non-binding referendum's result announced last week, an overwhelming 97.7 percent for Bougainville's independence. Australia has a significant stake in the outcome of the November referendum. coming days and weeks. and staff of the Secretariat for their tireless work. The BRC is responsible for the conduct of the referendum. The latter has been provided from the United Nations and Australia, Germany, Ireland, Japan New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. Bougainville in Papua New Guinea, and of course here in the Autonomous Region 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. … Bougainville Referendum Commission receives K2.4 million February 19, 2019 Up to K2.4 million (AUD$1 million) has been given in support of the work of the Bougainville Referendum Commission (BRC) from the Australian Government. The Bougainville Referendum Commission has formally wound up its operations after running last year's vote on independence from Papua New Guinea. The Bougainville Referendum Commission presented the final report of the referendum to Prime Minister James Marape and Bougainville Affairs Minister Sir Puka Temu. The Bougainville Referendum: now what? We thank in particular The Bougainville Referendum Commission needs approximately K20 million for it to begin its operations. 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. Referendum is one of the pillars of the Bougainville Peace Agreement (BPA). The Bougainville Referendum Commission has formally wound up its operations after running last year's vote on independence from Papua New Guinea. 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. credibility to the process, and we look forward to their reports over the 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. WE THE BOUGAINVILLE REFERENDUM COMMISSION do hereby make the following statement regarding the conduct of the Bougainville Referendum 2019. THE Bougainville Referendum Commission will now work on the referendum roll, voter registration, Bougainvilleans outside Bougainville and more awareness now that the polling date has been set. 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 Ahern was the former chairman of Bougainville Referendum Commission and was appointed this week as the moderator on post-referendum consultations. We all note that after the referendum results were announced, Bertie Ahern said Bougainville was not ready to assume full sovereignty from PNG. Bougainville’s fate is a microcosm of similar struggles all over the world. 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. 18 talking about this. Bougainville living far and wide in Australia, Solomon Islands, outside The Bougainville Police Service, The Bougainville Referendum Commission is confident of delivering a successful referendum for the people of Bougainville. Those gathered in Buka to hear the announcement of the results from the chair of the Bougainville Referendum Commission’s chair Bertie Ahern … Number of informal ballot papers: 1,096 . An independent agency — the Bougainville Referendum Commission (BRC) — was formed in 2017 to conduct the referendum, overseen by a Joint Supervisory Body (JSB). The BRC is made up of seven members appointed by the governments of Papua New Guinea and of Bougainville. However, as the mandated independent body appointed to conduct the Bougainville Referendum, it is our conclusion from what we witnessed ourselves throughout the process – through enrolment, polling and scrutiny – was an orderly process, following the laws and regulations provided, and was peaceful.We witnessed voting that was informed, free of fear and accessible. Bougainville Ahern: BRC to deliver credibile referendum . The referendum is non-binding and the vote for independence will now need to be negotiated between leaders from Bougainville and Papua New Guinea. The referendum is non-binding and the vote for independence will now need to be negotiated between leaders from Bougainville and Papua New Guinea. Welcome to the official page of the Bougainville Referendum Commission (BRC). best in taking forward the Referendum result through a process of consultation, This was conducted by the BRC, the independent agency established by the two governments of Papua New Guinea and Bougainville to conduct the referendum, between 23 November and 7 December 2019. Both governments said this delay would be the last. Nevertheless, the landslide victory will put pressure on PNG to grant Bougainville … Welcome to the official page of the Bougainville Referendum Commission (BRC). The Bougainville Referendum Commission (BRC) is the independent body established by the two governments to conduct the Referendum. process to the people of Bougainville. Australia has a significant stake in the outcome of the November referendum. Bougainville’s war between 1988 and … The Bougainville Referendum Commission has extended the enrolment for Bougainvilleans living outside of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea to the 8th of July, 2019. In November the BRC completed the official ‘certified voter list’ to be used in polling for the Bougainville Referendum. We wish the two governments all the 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 media, and indeed the people themselves, to determine whether the conduct of May 31, 2019; The criteria for enrolment is based on several different elements of the legal framework. After polling closed on Saturday, officials with the Bougainville Referendum Commission have gathered all 249 ballot boxes at the count centre in Buka. 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. Voting was planned to take place over two weeks, from 23 November … Number of votes for Independence: 176,928. of polling materials. The Bougainville Referendum Commission is ready to deliver the referendum to determine the political future of the Autonomous Region. 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. scrutineers, and observers from here and overseas for bringing transparency 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). BRC Chair’s speech at the return of the Referendum Writ. The Bougainville Referendum Commission (BRC) was established through the BRC Charter, issued by the Governor-General of Papua New Guinea on 30 August 2017, signed in the presence of delegates from both governments of Papua New Guinea and the Bougainville. The Bougainville Referendum Commission is confident of delivering a successful referendum for the people of Bougainville. 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. 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, 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. 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. Mr Marape thanked BRC for conducting a successful referendum in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville. The number of voters is 206,731. We recognise the Referendum has been a national event, and so also acknowledge and thank the people of Papua New Guinea. Number of informal ballot papers: 1,096 . and their counterparts from the Regional Security Mission with police from New we witnessed ourselves throughout the process – through enrolment, polling and The Bougainville Referendum Commission is confident of delivering a successful referendum for the people of Bougainville. 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. The referendum ballot offered a choicebetween independence or greater autonomy within Papua New Guinea. The Bougainville Referendum Commission has announced that its SMS roll check service will be available again to use starting Wednesday 13 November. contributed to the good conduct of the Referendum. As the BRC only came into existence in late 2018, the BRC was not involved in the drawing up of the framework. In October 2018, former Taoiseach of Ireland Bertie Ahern was appointed to chair the Bougainville Referendum Commission, which is responsible for preparing the referendum. These have been provided by the two governments, the electoral commissions of Papua New Guinea and Bougainville, and the international community. Australia has confirmed up to K2.4 million in support of the work of the Bougainville Referendum Commission (BRC). The Bougainville Referendum Commission (BRC) is the independent body established by the two governments to conduct the Referendum. THE Bougainville Referendum Commission will now work on the referendum roll, voter registration, Bougainvilleans outside Bougainville and more awareness now that the polling date has been set. Chief Referendum Officer for the Bougainville independence referendum, Mauricio Claudio. Finally, we thank the people of We thank the Chief Referendum Officer In October 2018, former Taoiseach of Ireland Bertie Ahern was appointed to chair the Bougainville Referendum Commission, which is responsible for preparing the referendum. Chairman of the Bougainville Referendum Commission Bertie Ahern ended his first awareness engagement in Bougainville last Thursday reassuring Bougainvilleans that the BRC was committed to its role in delivering a credible referendum. BY ROMULUS MASIU. Chief Referendum Officer for the Bougainville independence referendum, Mauricio Claudio. 26 talking about this. 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. We also thank PNG High Commissions in Australia and the Bougainville Referendum Commission (BRC) — was formed in 2017 to conduct the referendum, overseen by a Joint Supervisory Body (JSB). A polling station for Bougainville's referendum for independence in Teau Bougainville, Papua New Guinea. scrutiny – was an orderly process, following the laws and regulations provided, In November the BRC completed the official ‘certified voter list’ to be used in polling for the Bougainville Referendum. 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