Hold your party conventions: Gelu

The Registrar of Political Parties, Dr Alphonse Gelu, is calling on all political parties to immediately hold their party conventions.

He said the party conventions will allow them to discuss vital party issues.

“Parties are required to hold their party conventions after a general election. So far only two parties have done that (The National Alliance and Social Democratic Party).”

He encourages parties to also focus on registering more members.

“This is a call I’ve been making every now and then; a party cannot survive without its members. This is critical to the survival of any political party. So membership is very important.”

Gelu further emphasised the importance of revising party policies and bringing those policies back to the communities.

“Again you cannot have an effective party in place if the policies of the party are not revised.

“In 2016, the registry conducted a survey and went to some of the remotest parts of PNG and they want their party and leaders to go down to their villages. They want to see them in the villages. You do not only stay in the urban areas. You do not only stay in Port Moresby.

“Political parties need to connect with the communities. People want to talk to you and know about your political parties.”

Charmaine Poriambep