People to vote for PNG PM


Papua New Guinea could be voting for a Prime Minister in 2027 if a Constitutional and Law Reform Commission (CLRC) review on the form and system of government decides to adopt that approach.

According to CLRC chairman Saki Soloma, the government believes that the time is right to initiate this major review on the current system of government.

He said the type of government that PNG has today is a result of recommendations on the system of government by the Constitutional Planning Committee.

“The recommendations were fitting for a new country then, but after 50 years, it is time for a review to reflect the current circumstances of PNG.

This review is critical to audit the form and system of Government and take stock of how far we came as a nation since Independence in 1975, with the thoughts of looking at whether the current form and system of the government has adequately, effectively and efficiently worked for us, and to determine whether or not we need an alternative form and system of government that can take us through in the next 50 years and beyond.”

The final report with recommendations is expected to be given to the PM in December of this year.

The review will start following the launch by the Prime Minister James Marape on Wednesday 15 February.