​Unlisted candidates to run as independents

​All candidates not on the party listing supplied to the PNG Electoral Commission will run as independent candidates.

PNGEC media officer Alphonse Muapi said the law is very clear.

He also said a party can only endorse one candidate to run for an Open and Provincial seat in the 2017 National Election.

Muapi stated that PNGEC does not have control on posters printed by the candidates. However, the candidate poster to be printed by PNGEC will follow the legitimate party listing provided by individual party general secretaries.

The candidate posters to be printed by the election office will have the photos of candidates and its party leaders. It will be placed at the polling area for voters to consult when casting their votes.

In East Sepik Province, two candidates for the Regional Seat have their posters stating that they are endorsed by Pangu Party.

But according to the list supplied by Pangu General Secretary Morris Tovebae to PNGEC, Dulciana Somare is the official candidate endorsed by party leader Sam Basil.

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Charles Yapumi