Monday, May 30, 2022

Code of Conduct awareness in the highlands

The Registry of Political Parties in partnership with the United Development Programme (UNDP) conducted a workshop on the Code of Conduct (CoC) on the 24th of May in Mendi in the Southern Highlands Province and 26th of May in Mt Hagen, Western Highlands Province.

The objective of this CoC is to ensure that there is integrity instilled in the electoral process and foster a peaceful campaign environment and promote the orderly conduct of elections in this country. In turn the democratic process is well secured so the voters are satisfied and at peace that they have participated fully and so can accept the outcome of the election results.

The CoC document sets out the principles and sets of behavior that the political parties , their candidates, scrutineers and supporters are expected to follow in the Election Periods.In 2017, 22 political parties out of the 45 registered signed the CoC. This 2022 National General Election (NGE) 47 political parties out of the 53 Registered Political Parties have so far agreed to observe and follow the electoral laws and guidelines throughout the entire period.

The event was attended Deputy Provincial Administrator of WHP, Mr Knox Kiap, Country, PNG Country Resident Coordinator of the United Nations HE Mr. Dirk Wegner, Political Party executives, campaign coordinators, scrutineers, NGOs and other election officials. A total of 150 participants attended this significant event.

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

National Forum on Women's Political Participation Hosted in Alotau 2022

By Claudio Labeli
The Registry of Political Parties held a National Forum on Women’s Political Participation in Alotau, Milne Bay Province starting on the 18th and ending on the 20th of January 2022. The national forum is a partnership of the Registry of Political Parties and UNDP conducting Women’s Mentoring workshops on how to win elections. This came about due to the non political representation of women MPs in the 10th parliament after the national elections in 2017. The Registry of Political Parties initially began conducting the provincial mentoring program and covered all provinces except Hela, Southern Highlands and
New Ireland Province. This later led to the Regional workshop covering three regions except the highlands region. This was due to the disruption by COVID19 Delta strain in mid 2021. The final forum was supposed to be held in November however had to be postponed three times before hosting it in January 2022.This national forum in Alotau will be the final one before the 2022 general election in April. In his opening remarks, the Registrar of Political Parties, Dr Alphonse Gelu stressed that there is not a lot of time remaining before the issue of writs and encouraged Women to affiliate with political parties before going into the elections. The Registrar acknowledged also the support and funding by key stakeholders such as the UNDP, UN Women and the Australian and New Zealand government for their donor funding assistance.
Dignitaries who where present at the forum included UNDP Resident Representative Dirk Wagener, Acting Provincial Administrator Sharon Mua, Alotau MP Hon Charles Abel, Australian High Commissioner HE Jon Philp, UN Women Resident Representative Themaba Kalua and UNDP Assistant Resident Representative Julie Bukikun.
Other stakeholders who where in attendance included PNG Electoral Commission,National Research Institute (NRI) and Transparency International (TI) PNG and selected political parties.