PNG elections unconventional: Dr Gelu

The conduct of elections in Papua New Guinea is not similar in all provinces, says Registrar of Political Parties Dr Alphonse Gelu.

Dr Gelu said it is influenced by the environment and culture of the people.  

“Our systems of elections in PNG are still very much influence by factors that are clearly unconventional, factors that are illegal and truly undemocratic.”

Dr Gelu was speaking on Tuesday, to journalists attending a media election training workshop conducted by the PNG Electoral Commission (PNGEC) and Australian Electoral Commission.        

He said the conduct of election is the core business of PNGEC.

“And for us at the Integrity of Integrity Political Parties and Candidates Commission (IPPCC) we are there to see that there are no hidden influences, and there is integrity in our elections,” the Registrar of Political Parties said.

The three-day workshop attended by reporters from Loop PNG, TV Wan, EM TV, Post Courier, National, Sunday Chronicles, Wantok Newspaper, FM 100, PNGFM, Maoro FM, and ABC Australia ends today.

Charles Yapumi