media workshop

Political parties prefer male candidates than women

Registrar of Political Parties Dr Alphonse Gelu said that is why less women are being endorsed by parties.     

 Dr Gelu said parties endorse candidates they think have big chances of winning.

“Political parties see that women have less chance compared to men. And we are trying to change that.”

Registrar of Political Parties said the concluded Parliament Practice was conducted with UNDP for potential women intending candidates is an avenue to promote women candidates.  

Only three female MPs are in this term of Parliament. 

PNG elections unconventional: Dr Gelu

Dr Gelu said it is influenced by the environment and culture of the people.  

“Our systems of elections in PNG are still very much influence by factors that are clearly unconventional, factors that are illegal and truly undemocratic.”

Dr Gelu was speaking on Tuesday, to journalists attending a media election training workshop conducted by the PNG Electoral Commission (PNGEC) and Australian Electoral Commission.        

He said the conduct of election is the core business of PNGEC.

Journalists taken into a counting room

The Election Training Workshop for journalist is organised by the PNG Electoral Commission and supported by the Australia Electoral Commission.

The three days’ workshop held outside of Port Moresby will end today.  

Deputy Electoral Commissioner Simon Sinai in his opening remarks on Monday, urged the participants to understand the electoral cycle to assist them when disseminating information to the public.