Constitutional and Law Reform Commission

CRLC Secretary signs contract

He took office since early this year but the employment formalities have not been completed until yesterday.

Dr. Matui was among two other heads of government agencies – Dr. Uke Kombra as Secretary for the Department of Education and Dr. Andrew Moutu, the Director for the National Museum and Art Gallery – who signed their contracts for a four-year term.

Dr. Matui thanked the government of the day for the confidence in him to lead a very important office that plays a vital role in the country’s development and success through policy and legal reforms.

Opportunity to participate in law making process

The whole-day forum which will be hosted by the Constitutional and Law Reform Commission at the Convention Centre at Waigani and is part of the consultations in NCD to gauge the views of the people on the review of laws on city planning and urban development.

The Commission, led by Commissioner Dr. Fiona Hukula and Acting Secretary Dorothy Mimiko-Kesenga, has been carrying out awareness on both FM 100 and NBC Radio talkback shows early this week as a lead to the forum.

Colonial laws under review

Acting Secretary of the Constitutional and Law Reform Commission, Dorothy Mimiko-Kesenga, made these remarks when receiving the customs recording project report from the School of Law at UPNG.

The Constitutional and Law Reform Commission is currently reviewing, or assisting, in the review of some of these outdated laws which number about 370, including laws on drugs and alcohol, civil and identity registry and city planning, among other legislations.

Rabaul joins in custom recording exercise

This project at the national level with the recording of customs in Manus two years ago by the PNG Judiciary.

Rabaul is the second district to enter into such an arrangement, after the Tewai-Siassi district in Morobe province, following the signing of an MoU in Port Moresby today.

The signing was between the CLRC Secretary Dr Eric Kwa, Civil Identity Registry Office Acting Registrar General Noel Mobhia and Rabaul MP Dr. Allan Marat.

UOG backs CLRC on Election Law Review

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed last week at the university campus in Goroka, Eastern Highlands Province to seal the partnership between the Constitutional and Law Reform Commission and UOG.

As part of this Memorandum of Understanding, the University of Goroka will be conducting a series of seminars on certain key areas of the review in October.

What’s the best way to get women into Parlt?

During the recent APEC Discussion Series at the Precinct entitled, ‘Women in Leadership’, the Commission’s secretary, Dr Eric Kwa, said his office has received the directive from PNG’s head of state.

The Constitutional and Law Reform Commission is interested in what PNG’s citizens think is the best way to get women into parliament.

For the first time in 25 years (since the 1992 election), no female has made up the 10th parliament, in spite of more female candidates being nominated for 2017 elections than ever before.

NGI electoral law review underway

The team is led by Henganofi MP and Chairman of the Constitutional and Law Reform Commission, Robert Atiyafa.

In welcoming the team, the Provincial Administrator Lamiller Pawut thanked the delegation for giving prominence to New Ireland by visiting them for the consultation and gave assurance to work with them in the three-day consultation that started on Monday.

Nation urged to contribute to electoral review

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?”

NRI will assist Commission with electoral review

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the two yesterday for NRI to assist with technical topics in the review through seminars.

NRI will assist CLRC in research and analysis on technical topics of the review’s 13 terms of reference, and in the end, put together an independent report to CLRC. 

NRI will host a series of seminars that will look at four main technical topics: Electoral boundaries which have remained the same since Independence; voter registration and electoral rolls; special interest groups in women and the management and conduct of polls.

Non-participation a breach of directive: Law reform commission

Henganofi MP and chairman of the Constitutional and Law Reform Commission, Robert Atiyafa, says non-participation is in breach of this directive.

Atiyafa raised this concern as he prepares to lead, tomorrow, the first leg of the nationwide consultation on the Review of the Organic Law on National and Local Level Government Elections and related electoral laws and systems.