Nation urged to contribute to electoral review

A call has been made for every Papua New Guinean, including medical practitioners, to contribute their views and suggestions in the major review of the election law.

Secretary of the Constitutional and Law Reform Commission, Dr Eric Kwa, said this during the 54th Medical Symposium in Madang Province.

“I want to hear from doctors, if there are thousand doctors and medical practitioners being registered today, can I have a thousand voices from you because we have been talking to the ordinary Papua New Guineans in the markets and the provincial headquarters but what about you, what is your view?”

Questionnaires were distributed to the medical practitioners in a bid to capture their thoughts on specific as well as generic topics of the Review of the Organic Law on National and Local Level Government Elections.

Many of the doctors expressed appreciation for the opportunity as due to work commitment, medical practitioners are among the country’s educated elites who are unable to participate and give commentaries during the ongoing nationwide consultations on the Review.

“Your views will be compiled with the rest of Papua New Guinea so we give a truly representative report to the Government that its people have spoken so you (Government) don’t make decisions on your own but must listen to your people,” Dr Kwa said.

Dr Kwa thanked the PNG Medical Society and the organisers of the week-long Symposium under the theme “Rural Health Services,” for the opportunity to make his speech.

In the meantime, the ongoing nationwide consultations for East New Britain Province and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville ended recently while simultaneous consultations for the provinces of New Ireland, West New Britain and Manus will commence on the 10th to the 13th of September.

(Dr Kwa giving his speech during the welcome reception of the 54th Medical Symposium in Madang last Sunday)

Press release