PNG MPs are told: ‘Don’t interfere with elections’

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Wingti strongly calls on MPs to stand up firm and fight against corruption. Image: Post Courier/ Peter Kinjap

By Peter S. Kinjap in Port Moresby

The governor of the Papua New Guinea Western Highlands, Paias Wingti, has called on politicians not to interfere with the Electoral Commission.

He made the call following reports that certain cabinet ministers of the government and members of the parliament had made visits to the Electoral Commission to influence the appointment of returning officers.

The Post Courier, reported that Wingti urged the Electoral Commissioner, Patilias Gamato, to carry out his duties without fear or favour and to conduct the 2017 national election in the most transparent and honest manner.

Gamato in response said there would be no political influence in the electoral process and, or the running of the PNG Electoral Commission.

He also denied claims of ministers and MPs visiting him to appoint returning candidates.

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Peter Solo Kinjap (aka Kaulga) is a freelance journalist and development consultant in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. A graduate of the University of Papua New Guinea in 2003, he has worked for The Independent, Post-Courier, and The National. Kinjap is currently a columnist for the Sunday Chronicle.

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