PM vows to clean up electoral process

Prime Minister James Marape has vowed to clean up the electoral process to create a free and fair election that will give a fair chance for women candidates to be voted into parliament.

He made this comment while giving his keynote address at the first ever PNG Political Parties and Women in Political Leadership Forum in Port Moresby recently.

Marape said although there are no women in Parliament in this term, women’s participation in political leadership in the country is not bleak.

However, there is still room for improvement – without infringing on the rights of the citizens of Papua New Guinea – to choose the leaders they believe can serve the interest of the people and the country best.

Marape also gave his commitment to bring the revised Organic Law on the Integrity of Political Parties and Candidates to Cabinet again and to work towards a possible tabling in Parliament next year.

He has expressed his interest to see the recommendations that will come out of the forum and urged the Office of Political Parties to start carrying out awareness on Political Parties and their Policy Platforms leading up to the 2022 National Elections.

(Prime Minister James Marape file picture)

Freddy Mou