PNG adopted the Westminster system of democracy, with its established precedents and procedure, but its implementation is challening in PNG, despite, the various laws to give effect such as the Organic Law on National and Local level Elections (OLNLLGE) and Organic Law on Integrity of Political Parties and Candidates (OLIPPAC) and Parliamentary Standing Orders. The people of PNG are given the opportunity to elect their representative to Parliament every five years and that mandate is given through the ballot paper and must be based on policies, vision and platforms.
The PNG National Research Institute (PNG NRI) through its predecessors Institute of Applied Social and Economic Research (IASER) and the New Guinea Research Unit (NGRU) has been involved in observing, study and research of elections and political processes since the first Nationals Elections in 1964. Apart from Election Reports, Joint Publications in PNG or overseas by its staff, NRI has played a prominent role in the political development including providing policy recommendations.
The NRI Council has resolved for NRI to engage with the PNG Electoral Commission, the Integrity of Political Parties & Candidates Commission (Registrar of Political Parties), National Broadcasting Corporation, Office of Prime Minister, Office of Opposition Leader and the National Parliament to commence the weekly Seminar Series.
All political parties’ executives will be given opportunity to outline their philosophies, policies and election platforms to be followed by Party Leaders. This is to enable the political parties to outline and publicise their visions and polices, open up for debate and scrutiny.
Further, it is intended that through this Seminar series, our key stakeholders will present their roles in the preparation for the success of the 2022 National General Election.
In summary, the PNG NRI will be holding seminar presentations for key agencies that have a key role to play in the effective and efficient preparation for a successful National General Elections next year.
- Presentation of six important stakeholders (Department of Provincial and Local Level Government Affairs, PNG Electoral Commission; Electoral Boundaries Commission; the Office of the Clerk of Parliament, the Registry of the Integrity of Political Parties and Candidates Commssion; The Royal PNG Constabulary, and the National Broadcating Corporation).
- Presentations by 46 registered political parties from November to December 2021 (8 political parties per week).
These presentations will provide much needed information for the wider public in the interest of good governance and a free and fair election.
Thus, the Institute is extending this invitation to the media to attend and be part of charting a smooth road towards the 2022 National General Elections in terms of the work you do. Other stakeholders are also invited, subject to restrictions on number of attendees under the COVID-19 measures.
Authorised for release by:
Dr. Osborne Sanida
PNG NRI Acting Director