​Increase noted in number of female candidates

​Over 3000 candidates will contest for the 111 seats in the National Parliament, with an increase in female candidate numbers.

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.  

“In 2012, a total of 135 female candidates nominated, and 3 won - Eastern Highlands Governor Julie Soso, Sohe MP Delilah Gore and Lae MP, Loujaya Kouja.”

Muapi revealed that from the 3,332 candidates, 165 women have nominated to contest the 2017 National Election.

“West New Britain is the only province that did not register a woman candidate.”

Muapi said Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato will make an official statement this week.

“Communication difficulties and transportation problems due to remoteness of certain electorates are contributing factors in getting in the final candidate nomination figures.”

Charles Yapumi