Juffa condemns electoral reforms

He said it was totally absurd to be suddenly making amendments and reforms now when the Government had five years to do so with adequate consultation with all stakeholders.

"To not consult stakeholders such as the people, is totally arrogant and autocratic. It smacks of election rigging.

“Why now? Why also withhold funding for Electoral Roll updates for provinces and why delays on security assessments and other preparatory work?”

People to face higher inflation

This is a 0.4 per cent increase from 2016 estimates of 6.6 per cent.

This will see domestic goods and services, medical services and housing prices to remain high.

According to the 2017 National Budget, the projected inflation rise for 2017 is reflective the back of several factors.

They include: the kina depreciation and slight pick-up in domestic economic activity relating to the National Elections, minor improvements in commodity prices, and construction of APEC facilities which are expected to boost income and spending.