MARAPE DISMISSES ELECTION DEFERRAL FEARS
Prime Minister, James Marape has dispelled rumours that the PNG Electoral Commission will defer the 2022 General Elections.
Rumours on social media stemmed from lack of action on the Common Roll update. Besides, PM Marape told Parliament this week; “There will be no deferral of the 2022 General Election as our critics claimed.” https://covid19.info.gov.pg/pm-marape-government-committed-to-better-voting-process-in-2022/
He was answering Questions Without Notice by Tewai-Siassi MP, Kobby Bomareo, on whether the elections will go ahead.
“This means that the date for issue of writs ( April 28, 2022) will remain. The election will run its course as programmed by the Electoral Commission,” PM Marape said in a media statement.
He assured citizens that his Government would fully fund it. https://pngsun.com/pm-marape-to-ncc-furnish-acquittal/
2022 ELECTIONS TO COST K400 MILLION
PM Marape said the Electoral Commission said it would cost K400 million to run the 2022 General Election.
“We have our team at Finance, Treasury and Planning, PM’s Department and the Electoral Commission to look at the needs of Police, CS and Defense. That is in order for us to properly resource it to stage the election on time and on budget,” he said.
PM Marape said the Common Roll Update was an event that preceded all elections and was sometimes open to abuse.
He said a team from the Prime Minister’s Department, Justice Department and Electoral Commission would spell out the penalties for electoral offences. Offences include fraud in the Common Roll Update.
“We want the election to be conducted in the fairest manner so that the Parliament of the people’s choice will be in place on the other side of the election,” the Prime Minister said.
On the issue of Limited Preferential Voting (LPV) versus First Past the Post (FPTP), PM Marape said LPV would remain.
There, he said, was a private Members’ Bill to see whether FPTP could come in. However, LPV would continue unless Parliament decides otherwise, he said.
“I want to assure all the people that speculations on social media that the election will be deferred are not true,” he said.
“The election will go ahead as planned. Our Government will give its full support to the Electoral Commission to conduct the election. That is on time, within budget and with the highest level of integrity.”
On record, he said, Transparency International, National Research Institute and a new committee would help give an oversight into the election.