CITIZENS TO ELECT PRIME MINISTER AFTER 2022 ELECTIONS
Works are underway in the background for Papua New Guinea to have a reformed parliamentary system where its Prime Minister will be elected directly by citizens.
A government insider told PNG SUN that initial works had already started to establish this new system.
Speaking on the ruling Pangu Pati’s political reforms, he added that constitutional references have already been identified and set.
The normal General Elections this year will go ahead as planned, he said.
He said at the moment Prime Ministers were not running the affairs of the country without fear or favor.
The source cited in the absence of this ‘stability element’ in the Constitution, controversial departmental heads were still occupying their positions, funds expanded for political convenience and incompetent ministers still in Cabinet.
Prime Ministers are more worried about political stability than running the government with convictions, he said.
After the elections, he said, Constitutional and Law Reform Commission of Papua New Guinea will be conducting regional workshops and consultations to gauge views of the citizens on the subject matter.
Asked whether PNG was going to adopt a bicameral legislature as suggested by some political parties, he said, PNG will have a new system suitable for its political and cultural settings.
In order for the country to progress further, he said, a constitutional amendment is needed for political stability; thus, a new system that will allow citizens to vote for the PM directly.
Currently, on behalf of the citizens, Members of Parliament (representatives) elect the PM on the floor of Parliament. PNG is a Constitutional Monarchy.