No laws to review provincial electorates

Deputy Electoral Commissioner, John Kalamoro, revealed this during the two day seminar on the review of the Organic Law on National and Local Level Government Elections and related laws.

This is one of the loopholes currently in the Organic Law which needs to be addressed by parliament.

Kalamora said while the Electoral Boundaries Commission (EBC) can make recommendations on the electorates to cater for any changes it must be part of a re-distribution review.

This was the process undertaken by the EBC and Parliament for the creation for Hela and Jiwaka.

Review into Organic Law on elections begins

The seminar began on Thursday 20th SeptemberĀ in Port Moresby as part of the current nationwide consultation to review the Organic Law.

It allows stakeholders and the general public to give their views and opinions on the review.

PNG NRI Director, Dr, Osborne Sanida, called on participants to contribute meaningfully to the review

The objective of the seminar is to facilitate independent evidence-based views and opinions towards the review of the Organic Law on National and Local Level Government elections in Papua New Guinea.

Dr Osborne Sanida appointed as PNG NRI Acting Director

Dr Yala left the Institute on April 7, 2017 due to personal reasons.

He was Director since mid-2015 and leaves having had a 22-year association with the Institute since graduating with the University of PNG.

The NRI Council appointed Dr Sanida, who took over as Acting Director from April 10, 2017, until a permanent appointment is made.

Dr Sanida acknowledged the very important contributions of Dr Yala to the PNG NRI and the country, not only in his role as Director, but also in his time as a researcher and policy advocate.