Female candidates

​Increase noted in number of female candidates

PNG Electoral Commission media officer, Alphonse Muapi, yesterday said: “Electoral Commissioner has released the updated candidate nomination figures today (Sunday), which stand at 3,332 candidates who will contest for the 22 provincial and 89 open seats.”

The one week nomination for intending candidates for the 2017 National Election ended on April 20, with a slight drop in candidate numbers.

“In 2012, a total of 3,344 candidates nominated but one died during the campaign period leaving 3,343 who contested,” Muapi said.  

67 to contest Kainantu open

Assistant Returning Officer Jamaika Agba told Loop PNG that out of the total, three candidates have also put their hands up to contest.

They are Esther Siruwe, Marie Simo and Lynetth Neneo.

Agba said the officials will be compiling the candidates’ files and will issue them their box numbers today.

He described the nomination week as the best with no record of illegal activities reported.

He called on the candidates to encourage their supporters to support and campaign peacefully and not to create nuisance during the campaign and polling period.

50 female candidates in parliamentary training

In  a highly competitive process,  participants from 22 provinces were selected from over 200 applicants and will be trained on critical national policy issues, parliamentary processes and campaign strategies from 6 to 13 March 2017 in Port Moresby.

With only three female MPs out of 111 in Papua New Guinea’s current parliament, women continue to be under-represented as political leaders and elected officials.