Article by AsiaPacificReport.nz
By Quintina Naime in Port Moresby
Papua New Guinea’s Registry of Political Parties is encouraging political parties to cultivate and grow their roots in the communities throughout the country.
Registrar of Political Parties Dr Alphonse Gelu said parties must not exist only in the capital of Port Moresby and in certain provinces in the country.
Dr Gelu said the Organic Law required all the parties to be nationally based, that is they must be represented in all parts of the country.
This also required them to put up candidates in all the different parts of the country.
“The Registry will be monitoring this aspect of geographical representation by parties closely,” Dr Gelu said.
“The Registry hopes that new political parties have done the ground work by connecting with the people.
“The connection the Registry is anticipating is in the policies of the political parties,” Dr Gelu said.
He added that the people must know the policies of the parties to enable the voters to make informed decisions on who to vote for and how to vote in the election.
The Papua New Guinea general election is from June 24 to July 8.
Quintina Naime is a reporter at Loop PNG.