2017 National General Elections

Stop following intending candidates for free money: Leader

Upper-Lower LLG council president from Kerowagi District, Chimbu, and Deputy Governor, James Kendeyagl, issued the challenge during the recent signing of the K5 million partnership with the Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC).

“It shows one thing, you’re are lazy person,” continues Kendeyagl.

“I urge you to return to your coffee gardens to live a sustainable and honest life

Returning officers appointed for 2017 General Election

Gamato said the appointment of all the Returning Officers (ROs) and Assistant Returning Officers (AROs) have been confirmed on September 12, 2016.

“No new appoints for ROs and AROs will be made unless death occurs as in the case of RO for Finschaffen district in Morobe Province. A full listing of the ROs and AROs will be published in papers (media) soon,” he said.

Meanwhile, Central Province conducted training for its ROs, AROs and LLG supervisors this week at the Villa Karai Resort at Gaire village, outside Port Moresby.

Department yet to get resignation list of public servants

“The records from departments and provincial administrations haven’t been sent to me yet. Only a few and (it will) be updated as time goes by,” DPM secretary John Kali told Loop PNG.

Section 56 of the Public Services (Management) Act 2014 states that an officer who wishes to contest a national election must resign no less than six months to the date of the issue of writs, and for local level government elections, one month before.

Party executives must resign to contest elections

This is the message from the Registrar of the Integrity Political Parties and Candidates Commission, Dr Alphonse Gelu.

Dr Gelu said it was normal practice for party executives to contest elections without resigning from the positions they were elected too by party members.

He said if they were unsuccessful, they would return and take up the position again.

“This behaviour has to stop,” says Gelu.

“The thing we want to instill in our political party systems is following proper procedures and this is one of the issues.”