Female candidates

Strong surge of women candidates noted

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said in the country’s prior election of 2017, a total candidacy of 3,340 saw just five percent of women listed.

According to the PNG Electoral Commission, of the 179 female candidates that contested in 2017, 117 ran as independents while 62 were party endorsed.

This new election period has seen a surge of political parties (as at 30 May) endorsing more women candidates than in previous years.

Increase in Morobe’s female candidates

Twenty-two female candidates in Morobe have nominated to contest nine of the 11 seats in the province.

This year’s elections has seen seven more female candidates nominate, compared to 2017 where only 15 raised their hands to contest 7 seats.

Six female candidates are contesting the Nawaeb Open seat, the regional seat has four, three in Markham Open, two female candidates each for Bulolo, Huon Gulf and Tewai-Siassi, and one female candidate each for Finschhafen, Menyamya and Wau-Waria.

Kabwum and Lae have no female contestants.

​Increase noted in number of female candidates

PNG Electoral Commission media officer, Alphonse Muapi, yesterday said: “Electoral Commissioner has released the updated candidate nomination figures today (Sunday), which stand at 3,332 candidates who will contest for the 22 provincial and 89 open seats.”

The one week nomination for intending candidates for the 2017 National Election ended on April 20, with a slight drop in candidate numbers.

“In 2012, a total of 3,344 candidates nominated but one died during the campaign period leaving 3,343 who contested,” Muapi said.  

67 to contest Kainantu open

Assistant Returning Officer Jamaika Agba told Loop PNG that out of the total, three candidates have also put their hands up to contest.

They are Esther Siruwe, Marie Simo and Lynetth Neneo.

Agba said the officials will be compiling the candidates’ files and will issue them their box numbers today.

He described the nomination week as the best with no record of illegal activities reported.

He called on the candidates to encourage their supporters to support and campaign peacefully and not to create nuisance during the campaign and polling period.

50 female candidates in parliamentary training

In  a highly competitive process,  participants from 22 provinces were selected from over 200 applicants and will be trained on critical national policy issues, parliamentary processes and campaign strategies from 6 to 13 March 2017 in Port Moresby.

With only three female MPs out of 111 in Papua New Guinea’s current parliament, women continue to be under-represented as political leaders and elected officials.