2017 PNG National Election

Police deployment delayed


Police Commissioner Gari Baki says that only K8 million of the K121 million needed to run the operations have been released from Treasury.

Presently provinces have been running operations without the full response contingents which Baki says have yet to be deployed.

Baki says that all commanders are due to fly into Port Moresby this week to review the progress of their operations while also look at the set up of their centres on ground to coordinate the operations.

Election polling dates

The polling dates are from 24 June – 08 July.

Voters in the National Capital District, Kokopo, Lae, Madang and the seven provinces in the Highlands Region will have only one day of polling. 

Refer to table below for the polling dates, issued by PNG Electoral Commission.


Date of Mobility

Date of Insertion

Pala to focus on good governance and service delivery

Pala says good service delivery system like infrastructure, free education and health care are the fundamentals of his leadership and these are top priority policies for the current Government.

“We are ready to get the people’s support to continue the good work with regard to education, health and the massive infrastructure development that the country has seen in the last five years.

“People complain that the country doesn’t have money but all the money is tied up in implementing projects.

Election complaints investigation team set up

Acting Manus Provincial Police Commander, Senior Inspector David Yapu, is now urging all election related complains to be forwarded to the team and people should not take election related matters into their own hands.

He said 116 members are also ready to conduct security operations in the province during this period.

His office is working closely with the provincial election office and so far, he is pleased with the candidates' conduct since the close of nominations last Thursday.

VIDEO: Central police election operations progress

Operations have now progressed with police personnel moving onto the next stages of their duties.

Wabag LLG president to contest open seat

It will be THE Party candidate nominated by Opposition Leader Don Polye against PNC party endorsed candidate of Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.   

Both candidates are from Teremanda village in Enga Province.

Kipalan boasted about his work as the Mayor for Wabag.

He said from the LLG Support Improvement Program fund of K200,000 in the last two years, he had delivered six projects, and is confident of winning the Open seat.

Kipalan is the nephew of former Wabag MP, late Sir Albert Kipalan.

Zeming says PNG’s best days still ahead with PNC

“With your support, our government has maintained stability and focus on its key agenda and priorities.

“As a result, we have delivered nearly all our priorities and goals set out in the Alotau Accord. We have built more transport infrastructure to enhance economic growth and participation than at any other time in our nation’s history; we have put more school-aged children in school in a short time as a result of our fee-free policy; we have made health care affordable to more of our people with low income.

Campaign period enters into second week

Campaign period started on 20 April, following the close of nomination for candidates intending to contest for the 22 Provincial and 89 Opens seats.

The eight weeks of campaign will end on 23 June, followed by the start of 14 days nationwide polling.

PNG Electoral Commission media officer Alphonse Muapi said the total number of candidates contesting in this year’s election will be official released by the PNGEC later today or on Monday.       

Nuku Open seat register nine candidates

Current Nuku Member of Parliament, Joe Sungi will be defending his seat against eight rivals.

Nuku is an electorate in West Sepik Province.

PNG Electoral Commission media officer Alphonse Muapi said the total number of candidates contesting in this year’s election will be official released by the PNGEC later today or on Monday.      

The candidates are Emmanuel Nassam (Box 10), Alfred Talis Lee (11), Mauri Nemantu (12), Andrew Kumbakor (13), Sungi (14), Kelly Mosong (15), Mathew Suni (16), Nelson Kelly (17), and Adam Mensum Wangu (18).

Pruaitch to contest against 18 candidates

Pruaitch will be vying to return for his third consecutive term as the local MP for Aitape – Lumi District.   

The other unconfirmed names of  candidates are; Godfried Solmu, Canisius Kapu, John Ramoi, Job Tulipi, Andrew Oboi, Jerry Manyir, Zachery Miroi, Samson Kupu, Eddy Saweni, Leo Wamo, Solwai Emmanuel Mambei, Harry Rainald, Camillus Wulal, Paul Saroya, Philemon Tamari, John Awei Yemi, Chris Kati Kanako, and Brian Simbe.  

The  eight weeks of campaign will end on June 23, followed by 14 days of polling nationwide.