and their counterparts from the Regional Security Mission with police from New The BRC announced the result on 11 December, and returned the referendum writ to the Governor-General of Papua New Guinea on 13 December 2019. of polling materials. Number of votes for Greater Autonomy: 3,043. 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. We all note that after the referendum results were announced, Bertie Ahern said Bougainville was not ready to assume full sovereignty from PNG. Bougainville Referendum Commission Statement on Eligibility Criteria. The Bougainville Referendum Commission (BRC) is the independent body established by the two governments to conduct the Referendum. The Bougainville Referendum: now what? scrutiny – was an orderly process, following the laws and regulations provided, Number of votes for Independence: 176,928. 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. Zealand, Australia, Fiji, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands, together with support Many Bougainvilleans were realistic about difficulties ahead. 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. 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 thank the Chief Referendum Officer 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. The referendum is non-binding and the vote for independence will now need to be negotiated between leaders from Bougainville and Papua New Guinea. Number 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. A polling station for Bougainville's referendum for independence in Teau Bougainville, Papua New Guinea. Both governments said this delay would be the last. However, as the mandated independent body part of the ongoing peace process. The Bougainville Referendum Commission (BRC) is the independent body established by the two governments to conduct the Referendum. the Referendum was inclusive, accessible, free and fair. 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. The 2019 Bougainville referendum offered valuable lessons for future elections, Kerryn Baker and Thiago Oppermann write. 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. 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. of informal ballot papers:                          1,096. We all note that after the referendum results were announced, Bertie Ahern said Bougainville was not ready to assume full sovereignty from PNG. 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 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 BRC is made up of seven members appointed by the governments of Papua New Guinea and of Bougainville. The referendum was approved by the Papua New Guinea government, but the result is non-binding. 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. and on to the National Parliament of Papua New Guinea for final ratification as The Bougainville Referendum Commission has announced that its SMS roll check service will be available again to use starting Wednesday 13 November. Officer, the 34 Assistant Returning Officers, and the thousands of temporary – Number of votes for greater autonomy: 3043 In November the BRC completed the official ‘certified voter list’ to be used in polling for the Bougainville Referendum. 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. and was peaceful.We witnessed voting that was informed, free of fear and 18 talking about this. electoral practices for inclusive voting, including: We are grateful for the resources, financial and human, provided to conduct the Referendum to this inclusive standard. An independent agency — the Bougainville Referendum Commission (BRC) — was formed in 2017 to conduct the referendum, overseen by a Joint Supervisory Body (JSB). 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. 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). from the Royal PNG Constabulary, provided for good law and order, and secure transport important story: We acknowledge the benefit of some new As the BRC only came into existence in late 2018, the BRC was not involved in the drawing up of the framework. Number of votes for Greater Autonomy: 3,043. 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. 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. of votes for Greater Autonomy:             3,043, Number Welcome to the official page of the Bougainville Referendum Commission (BRC). 26 talking about this. The Bougainville Referendum Commission is ready to deliver the referendum to determine the political future of the Autonomous Region. These have been provided by the two governments, the electoral commissions of Papua New Guinea and Bougainville, and the international community. 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 recognise the Referendum has been a national event, and so also acknowledge and thank the people of Papua New Guinea. Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister James Marape receives a final report into the Bougainville Referendum from Ruby Miringka of the Bougainville Referendum Commission. 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. After polling closed on Saturday, officials with the Bougainville Referendum Commission have gathered all 249 ballot boxes at the count centre in Buka. 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 Bougainville Referendum Commission (BRC) — was formed in 2017 to conduct the referendum, overseen by a Joint Supervisory Body (JSB). Nevertheless, the landslide victory will put pressure on PNG to grant Bougainville … workers who carried out their role in a determined way, to deliver a credible May 31, 2019; The criteria for enrolment is based on several different elements of the legal framework. 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. process to 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, Referendum Writ Returned to Governor General. accessible. We thank in particular WE THE BOUGAINVILLE REFERENDUM COMMISSION do hereby make the following statement regarding the conduct of the Bougainville Referendum 2019. In contrast to the 2014 Scottish Referendumthat was held in … 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. 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. and staff of the Secretariat for their tireless work. As the BRC only came into existence in late 2018, the BRC was not involved in the drawing up of the framework. 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. Solomon Islands, and acknowledge local service providers. Australia has confirmed up to K2.4 million in support of the work of the Bougainville Referendum Commission (BRC). 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. scrutineers, and observers from here and overseas for bringing transparency and We also thank the Returning WE THE BOUGAINVILLE REFERENDUM COMMISSION do hereby make the following statement regarding the conduct of the Bougainville Referendum 2019. The number of voters is 206,731. Welcome to the official page of the Bougainville Referendum Commission (BRC). Some of the numbers also tell an Number of informal ballot papers: 1,096 . The referendum is non-binding and the vote for independence will now need to be negotiated between leaders from Bougainville and Papua New Guinea. BRC Chair’s speech at the return of the Referendum Writ. 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. The choices available in the referendum will include a separate independence for Bougainville. Those gathered in Buka to hear the announcement of the results from the chair of the Bougainville Referendum Commission’s chair Bertie Ahern … 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 2019 Bougainville referendum offered valuable lessons for future elections, Kerryn Baker and Thiago Oppermann write. In October 2018, former Taoiseach of Ireland Bertie Ahern was appointed to chair the Bougainville Referendum Commission, which is responsible for preparing the referendum. Bougainville’s war between 1988 and … BY ROMULUS MASIU. 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. 18 talking about this. Mr Marape thanked BRC for conducting a successful referendum in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville. The University of Auckland's Jason Brown explains why it's worth watching with interest. As an electoral process that aspired WE THE BOUGAINVILLE REFERENDUM COMMISSION do hereby make the following statement regarding the conduct of the Bougainville Referendum 2019. 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 … Finally, we thank the people of 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. As the Bougainville Referendum Commission stated, the numbers told an important story, reflecting the support for independence across genders and … In October 2018, former Taoiseach of Ireland Bertie Ahern was appointed to chair the Bougainville Referendum Commission, which is responsible for preparing 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. credibility to the process, and we look forward to their reports over the The BRC Final Report has been formally tabled in both the National Parliament of PNG, and the Bougainville House of Representatives. Voting was planned to take place over two weeks, from 23 November … The referendum result is nonbinding, and instead designed to instigate a period of consultations and negotiations between the Bougainville and PNG governments. referendum among Bougainvilleans on Bougainville's future political status. 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. 12 talking about this. 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. Mr Marape thanked BRC for conducting a successful referendum in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville. media, and indeed the people themselves, to determine whether the conduct of Welcome to the official page of the Bougainville Referendum Commission (BRC). On Friday, we look forward to of votes for Independence:                      176,928, Number The Bougainville Police Service, It works with, but is separate from, the two The Bougainville Referendum Commission is confident of delivering a successful referendum for the people of Bougainville. Ahern was the former chairman of Bougainville Referendum Commission and was appointed this week as the moderator on post-referendum consultations. Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister James Marape receives a final report into the Bougainville Referendum from Ruby Miringka of the Bougainville Referendum Commission. of Bougainville – who have come out to have their say. 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. Number of votes for Independence: 176,928. The number of voters is 206,731. We wish the two governments all the Buka, North Bougainville . - Autonomous Region of Bougainville Referendum bougainville referendum commission has announced that its SMS roll check service will be available to! 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