Political parties expo is on again

Jun 15, 2018

Hon. Gary Juffa, Governor for Northern Province speaking during the panel session at the 2017 First Political Expo held in Sir John Guise Stadium, Port Moresby. Seated from Left to right are Registrar of Political Parties and Candidates, Dr. Alphonse Gelu, Governor of New Island Province Sir Julius Chan, Leader of the National Alliance Party and Member for Aitape Lumi Hon. Patrick Pruaitch and Member for Bulolo Hon. Sam Basil. © Kim Allen/UNDP

Port Moresby, 15 June 2018 – The Registry of Political Parties is not wasting time in preparing political parties for the next National General Election that will likely be held in 2022.

Following the success of the first political party expo last year, the Integrity of Political Parties and Candidates Commission (IPPCC) will kick off awareness and preparation of all registered political parties early in this election cycle. 

This year will see a series of events in Madang and Lae with the first expo for Madang residents on 18 June followed by a seminar for party executives in Lae culminating in a 2-day expo for Lae and surrounding areas.

The aim of the seminar and workshop is to inform political parties about the Registry’s focus to support political parties to function effectively as political institutions.

It will also serve as an information session on electoral reform which has implications on political party constitutions, structures and membership including how political parties can engage women. 

Registrar of Political Parties and Candidates, Dr Alphonse Gelu said: “Ideally this is how the Election Cycle is supposed to run. We must continuously work throughout the five years to ensure continuous engagement between political parties, their leaders and voters.”

The United Nations Development Programme has been a key partner in last year’s expo and continues the support this year.

UNDP Deputy Resident Representative Ms Tracy Vienings said:Inclusive and accountable political parties are very important for PNG’s democracy. With the level of interest that we saw in last year’s event, it shows that voters want to make informed decisions. We hope that like last year, the expos in Madang and Lae, will enable more PNG voters to find out which party policies represent their interests the best. We also hope that if more women become involved in political parties, this will be a stepping stone to more women getting nominated and getting elected. ”

The support by UNDP is through the Pacific Parliamentary Effectiveness Initiative (PPEI) Project which is funded by the New Zealand Government.

Contact information

Serahphina Aupong, UNDP Communications Officer, +675 7374 8728, serahphina.aupong@undp.org

Julie Bukikun, UNDP Assistant Resident Representative (Governance) explaining to audience on UNDPs support in addressing good governance in the country. © Kim Allen/UNDP

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