More than 250 observers from a range of domestic and international groups were present at polling and the count centre. All observers were briefed and accredited, and received a Referendum Handbook, photo identification and were required to sign a BRC Code of Conduct. All observers wore jackets to identify themselves as observers at all locations so as to avoid confusion with scrutineers. In contrast to scrutineers, observers did not have powers to question voters or challenge BRC officials. Under the Referendum Organic Law, the National Government was responsible for inviting international governments and agencies as observers. Invitations were issued to those who played an historical role in the peace process and/or more recently, in the referendum process.
The following international observer groups were accredited by the Bougainville Referendum Commission:
|Embassy of the United States of America|
|British High Commission|
|Embassy of Japan|
|Australian High Commission|
|New Zealand High Commission|
|Pacific Islands Forum|
The following domestic observer groups were accredited by the Bougainville Referendum Commission:
|Bougainville Women’s Federation|
|Bougainville Disabled Persons Organization|
|Buin District Women’s Federation|
|Lenoke Christian Group Youth|
|Tonolei Christian Group Women’s Federation|
|Hako Women’s Collective|
|Integrity of Political Parties & Candidates Commission|
|National Youth Development Authority|
|Divine Word University|
|Papua Native Landowners Association|
|Australian National University / University of PNG|
Below are links to public reports and statements issued by accredited international and domestic observers post-referendum, as at 31 May 2020.
Please find here accreditation information for referendum observer groups.
Applications for accreditation and nominations of representatives opened on 17 June 2019 and closed on 1 October 2019.
Please note that BRC will only accredit organizations as referendum observers, not individuals. The BRC will then register the representatives of the accredited organizations.