Radio Australia: Papua New Guinea election officials are deciding whether caretaker prime minister Peter O'Neill has enough votes to be be declared winner in his electorate in the country's Southern Highlands.
Elsewhere in the country the elections could be extended for a week.
Mr O'Neill has polled more than 32,000 votes in the seat of Ialibu-Pangia - 28,000 more than his nearest rival, Eke Lama.
Election officials say he has reached the 50 per cent plus one vote required to win under a Limited Preferential voting system.
The returning officer for Ialibu-Pangia, Michael Ariando, says they are awaiting electoral commissioner Andrew Trawen's advice if Mr O'Neill can be declared winner soon.
He says 26 boxes containing marked ballot papers have been disputed by seven other candidates challenging Mr O'Neill for Ialibu-Pangia.
Counting for the new highlands province of Hela is progressing smoothly.
But in the nation's capital, Port Moresby, polling officials want to be paid for their work last week before counting can start for four seats.
Meanwhile there are reports the national elections could be extended by another week.
The two-week election process was due officially to come to an end on Friday, but voting in some areas has not even started.
Allegations of ballot box rigging, bribery and the state of the electoral roll are also dogging the election process.
Australia Network's Pacific correspondent Sean Dorney told Radio Australia's Pacific Beat there is a chance the election will continue well into next week.
"Various problems have caused delays," he said.
"The Eastern Highlands, which was supposed to be the final province to start voting and that was supposed to start today, that will now not take place until sometime next week, possibly late next week.\
Early counting shows independent candidates are faring better than any individual party.
Early results of counting are available in only 12 of the 111 seats.
Apart from Mr O'Neill's electorate, in other seats there will be a drawn-out preference distribution.
In Komo-Magarima there are 28 candidates and nobody has more than about 15 per cent.
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