Director of the PNG National Research Institute (NRI), Dr. Charles Yala said technology, especially social media will play a far more important role in the elections, unseen before.
“In the past bulk of the policy issue and the information used to be Port Moresby centred, the rest of PNG did not have access to this information or if they had, it was pretty much delayed,” Dr Yala said.
“But with social media and mobile phone, the information is getting out there, whether it’s right information or wrong information, it is out there.”
He stated that NRI will provide a platform to educate voters by inviting political parties to speak at a public forum about its policies.
Dr Yala further said Facebook will be the go to medium and it must not be underestimated.
“We want to see the good policies of political parties marketed and made available so people are making informed choices.”
The public forum will be held in Port Moresby on Tuesdays and Thursday’s starting next week and will run through the month of March.