The Bougainville Referendum Commission has extended the application period for groups wishing to apply for Recognition as an Interest Group which can then appoint scrutineers. The closing date has been extended from 6 October to the 14 October to give interested groups enough time to apply.
Acting Chief Referendum Officer, Desmond Tsianai said under the law, Recognised Interest Groups provide an official way for non-governmental organizations, political parties and civil society groups supporting either referendum option – greater autonomy or independence – to appoint scrutineers during polling, transportation of the ballot boxes to the count centre and scrutiny.
“Scrutineers take the role of candidate agents during the polling and counting process and help ensure the referendum is conducted in a transparent, neutral way and that voting and counting is conducted freely and fairly,” he said.
“Scrutineers like observers and the media, can watch over the process throughout the polling and counting ensure the referendum result is credible.”
As part of accreditation, all Recognised Groups and their scrutineers will be provided a briefing, and must sign and follow a BRC Code of Conduct for Scrutineers.
Groups will be responsible for meeting all costs related to their own scrutineering.
For information, criteria and application forms, visit: www.bougainville-referendum.org/scrutineers
Enquiries emails can be sent to: [email protected]