NRI director Dr Charles Yala made the confirmation in a media conference today.
The public forum will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting next week, and the eight sessions will be held this month at NRI conference room in Port Moresby.
Dr Yala said the aim of the forum is to encourage political parties to develop constructive policies and give awareness to the voting population.
“Our interest is to make an input into the policy debate during the national elections.
“PNG NRI’s contribution to election 2017 is to provide a forum for political parties to market their policies in a non-threatening and friendly environment,” Dr Yala said.
Papua New Guinea has 44 registered political parties however, not all will be able to provide their party’s ideologies in the 8 available sessions.
Dr Yala said preference will be given to more established political parties because of the limited timeframe.
No charges will be applied to the public to attend.
The Writs of the Elections will be issued on April 20.
(NRI director Dr Charles Yala. Credit: Charles Yapumi)