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The Bougainville Referendum Commission (BRC) has officially announced 206,731 Bougainvilleans have registered to vote in 16 days time to decide the island’s future.
The referendum roll showed that 105,411 men and 101,215 women have registered of which 194,016 are resident Bougainvilleans while the non-residents totalled 12,715.
These are eligible voters 18 years and above. The BRC has completed the official ‘certified voter list’ to be used in polling for the Bougainville Referendum. The number of voters is 206,731.
BRC chairman Bertie Ahern said the numbers reflected an intensive, inclusive and extended three-phase enrolment process.
“I’m confident that the numbers enrolled capture the intentions of the Bougainville Peace Agreement – to give the people of Bougainville a chance to finally have their say on the future of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville through an internationally recognised process,” Ahern said.
“We’re delighted with the gender balance on the roll, and the number of young and first-time voters who have got themselves enrolled to vote.”
He said the final phase of enrolment in September, the public display and challenge of the preliminary roll, had provided many people with one last chance to check the roll and add their name.
SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS
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