Transparency urges poll process review

TRANSPARENCY International Papua New Guinea (TIPNG), which describes itself as the “global coalition against corruption” has issued a statement on its view of the Papua New Guinea national election and offers some recommendations.
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Staff Reporter

This is an edited version of what TIPNG organisation had to say on the subject:
There is a strong public perception that our democracy is being challenged by vested interests, acting with apparent impunity, and this appears to have heightened during the process of election.
In this election, PNG witnessed double declarations plus questionable declarations in a number of seats, indicating a level of undue influence on returning officers. This is disheartening and completely unacceptable to the vast majority of our people who believe in good and fair actions, transparency and democratic processes.
Winning and losing fairly is a basic principle of democracy but clearly many people cannot countenance the perception that the election processes have been manipulated.
TIPNG recognises that the avenue to seek redress is through the Court of Disputed Returns and appeals to the authorities, including the Electoral Commission, to make sure that records and relevant reports, including ballot papers, are preserved to ensure that the court process is expedited fairly.
Forty years post-independence, PNG deserves a high adherence and respect to the rule of law and compliance to the principles enshrined in our constitution.
It is welcoming to see the Ombudsman Commission, the Constitutional Reform Commission and the Registrar of Political Parties providing the much-needed guidance around the constitutional process and requirements to assist the Electoral Commission to execute and deliver the 2017 National Election in recent days.
TIPNG joins the call and appeals to the elected leaders to act wisely for the collective good for PNG.
We appeal to the elected government to pay great attention to upholding our democracy, underpinned by the separation of parliament, the executive, judiciary and all relevant constitution offices - and preparing for the next election in a better manner.
We remind Members of Parliament that they have a duty to act in the interest of PNG and protect the constitution.


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