Transparency sets up free hot line to report corruption during PNG election


A citizens video appealing to Papua New Guinean citizens to beat corruption and “vote for change”. Video: Mangi PNG

By Kiwiana Ngabung in Port Moresby

Transparency International PNG has provided a toll free hotline to report acts of corruption during Papua New Guinea’s general election.

Citizens have been called on to “make it our responsibility” to ensure a safe and transparent two-week general election.

The hotline number is (+675) 180 6000 or (+675) 7601 4636 and is operational from 8am-5pm during weekdays only. Voting began last Saturday at rolling voting places around the country.

Transparency International’s corruption hotline in Papua New Guinea. Image: PMC

Corruption, according to Transparency International, can be classified as grand, petty and political, depending on the amounts of money lost and the sector where it occurs.

In other words, it is a dishonest and unethical act for one’s own gain. And it comes in many forms – bribery, embezzlement, blackmail, threats, cheating and so on.

Voters, as well as any member of the public, are urged to report to Transparency International PNG, and help keep fairness at polling, counting venues and any other place for that matter.

Reporting corrupt practices by candidates, voters, candidate supporters and scrutineers will ensure a better future for Papua New Guinea — as the saying goes “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.

Kiwiana Ngabung graduated from Datec Learning Centre in 2014 and is a contributor with EMTV Online.

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