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O'NEILL: PNG Not Qualified To Use LPV System

Post Courier, November 29, 2017. By Jeffrey Elapa

The first-past-the-post system of election is the best option for PNG to address some of the polling-related issues in the country, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says.

Responding to questions without notice from Opposition leader Patrick Pruaitch in Parliament yesterday, Mr O’Neill said the country should go back to the first-past-the-post than the limited preferential voting (LPV) system.

He said the culture and environment was not conducive and that PNG did not qualify to use the LPV system.

He said by reintroducing the first-past-the-post system, issues like the delay in declarations, the massive cost in preparation and conducting elections, violence and destructions would be addressed.

He said England, the oldest parliamentary democracy, still uses the system and that has worked very well.

He said about 70 per cent of the election related court petitions registered was the result of the LPV system.

He added that the Commonwealth Secretariat observer team report submitted to the Government indicated that election fraud like double voting, rigging ad violence reported since 2002, began when the LPV was introduced.

He said seeing the need for a review, the Government has tasked the Constitutional Law Reform Commission, led by chairman Robert Atiyafa, to review the election process and make changes to revert to the old system.

He said they are reviewing the election law early to be brought to parliament for amendment before 2022.

Mr O’Neill said in respect to common roll updates and issues, a government team led by Minister for National Planning Richard Maru and Communication Minister Sam Basil will be travelling to India to see how the ID system is established and works in India and preferably to seek India’s help with the software to be used to rollout the NID system which will also be linked to the common roll update system.

“We will fix the discrepancies in the electoral process. The only problem for us is the enabling legislations that the country did not get it right leading to any of the problem experienced during elections,” O’Neill said when responding to another supplementary question from Nuku MP Joe Sungi.



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