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-Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape says the government is looking at reforms to the electoral processes before the 2022 National Elections.
He announced this at the swearing in of Kevin Isifu as the new PNG Constitutional and Law Reform Commission (CLRC) Chairman at Government House.
Marape said Isifu, who is the MP for Wewak in East Sepik Province, has the government’s backing and is confident he will implement government’s law reform agendas.
“He is someone very experienced and is closer to our line of thinking to preside over that office to implement some important reform agendas that we would like to set up as we face the 2022 National Elections.
“He brings a wealth of experience to that important Constitutional office to work alongside the Secretary to the Commission to manage reforms and draft new laws," he said.
Marape said the proposed reforms are targeted at the electoral and voting processes and women representation on the floor of Parliament.
“We would like to reform the system of voting and make it cleaner, especially in the area of biometric voting and that is one person, one vote.
“The other area of reforms is the PNG Electoral Boundaries Commission report to relook at the size and number of the electorates in our country,” said Marape.
He said the government will also be looking at the political representation of women in the floor of Parliament.
“From a Pangu Party perspective, we have a very important proposal to put to the Constitutional and Law Reform Commission to have a look at specific seats for women in our country.
“We are looking at a higher level of regional seats probably at the four regions that we have in our country, where it is designated as women only seats.
“The commission will be asked to engage and hold consultations with all stakeholders to ensure the electoral process reforms are consistent with the preambles of our Constitution.
“They are not intended only for the 2022 National Elections, but for the good of the country as PNG celebrates 50 years of independence by 2025, which is the golden jubilee and going into the future.
“Therefore, we need to reform our laws and the foundations our country sits on and where public policy emanates from, so the Chairman, Mr Isifu has a very important task to do.
“We will give him all the support that he needs to ensure that one or two key law reforms that is needed are done before the 2022 National Elections," he said.
SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS
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