Transparency International

Restoring public confidence

TIPNG made this known during its recently presented Observation Report of the 2022 National General Elections.

It was recommended that restoring public confidence and ensuring transparency and integrity of the elections must be given priority to improve the conduct of the next National General Election.

TIPNG says strategies to improve the conduct of the National Elections in PNG should focus on promoting transparency throughout the entirety of the five-year electoral cycle.

That means restoring public confidence in the electoral process.

Transparency says Pacific corruption survey invaluable

The Pacific has been included in Transparency latest global corruption barometer with a survey of more than 6,000 people from more ten Pacific countries.

It revealed rampant corruption in a number of Pacific states, with the survey participants revealing cases of bribery, vote buying and sexual extortion are common experiences.

Regional advisor, Mariam Mathew, said more needs to be done but this first initial information is invaluable.

One-third of people in Pacific paid a bribe in the last year, says corruption report

One in three people across the Pacific Islands region have paid a bribe when using a public service in the last year, while a quarter of people have been offered a bribe for their vote in the last five years, according to a report by Transparency International.

The findings for the watchdog group are based on a survey of more than 6,000 people in 10 countries and territories, and is the most comprehensive look at corruption ever carried out in the region.

Empowering youth

YIP conducted a three-day Media Smart Youth (MSY) Workshop with students from secondary schools in Port Moresby and Central Province at the Dream Hub of The Voice Inc. in Port Moresby.

YIP Coordinator, Dagia Aka, said having Media Smart Youth was very important in that young people can start using the various forms of the media available to them as tools for advocating against corruption and for a better future, and ensure that their voices are heard.

Newsrooms encouraged to follow up on outstanding issues

President of the PNG Media Council, Alexander Rheeney, made this comment at the launch of the report this week.

He assisted Transparency International compile the report, as a private citizen, and said the media failed to hold leaders accountable for the outstanding issues, simply by failing to do follow up stories.

The review of 20 cases spans from 2007 to 2017, covering both the Somare and O’Neill regime.

Unresolved national issues report launched

Lest We Forget is a review of 20 unresolved national issues and the launch of the review intends to act as a reminder for the new government of those outstanding cases.

“Previous cases of corruption cannot simply be ignored – the People of Papua New Guinea demand that these issues must be resolved,” TIPNG said in a statement.

The review of 20 cases spans from 2007 to 2017, covering both the Somare and O’Neill regime.

Transparency International invites PM to meet

This invite could not have been more perfectly timed, as the Prime Minister may be called to answer to pending allegations in reference to fraud and corruption.

The invite was announced this morning at the TIPNG and the Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce breakfast – where TIPNG chairman Lawrence Stephen says it was not engineered to intimidate, especially at a time when focus should be placed on individuals who are being appointed to positions when they have dubious public records.

Hundreds of city youths celebrate International Youth Day

IYD is an awareness day designated by the United Nations.

The first IYD was observed on 12 August, 2000.

The purpose of the day is to draw attention to a given set of cultural and legal issues surrounding youth. 

It is meant as an opportunity for governments and others to draw attention to youth issues worldwide.

The event in Moresby commenced as early as 5am at the ‘Walk for Life’ event with National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop.

APEC hosting duties loom amid corruption arrests

The National Court issued orders on Monday to stay the suspension of the chief anti-corruption investigator Matthew Damaru after he was removed from office early Saturday morning. A further order was issued to stop any other form of intimidation or interference by the state or its actors in their investigations.

However, Monday's court decision led to an open confrontation by rival elements at the fraud squad's headquarters.