Videos and Commentary by Jaive Smare
ELECTIONS ON SCHEDULE. PM ONEIL AND THE GOVERNMENT CAUCUS (WHICH MEANS ALL PARTIES IN THE GOVERNMENT) ASSURED THE NATION THAT ELECTORAL COMMISSION HAS STATED THE DATE AS 18 OF MAY AS ISSUE OF WRITS (elections begin, we hit the polls). AND RETURN OF WRITS REMAINS IN JUNE.
THERE WILL BE NO EXTENSION OF PARLIAMENT. HE SAID THEY LOOK FORWARD TO GO TO ELECTIONS. THE POLICE AND ARMY ARE READY. AS FOR THE JUDICIAL CONDUCT AND JUDICIAL CONTROL ACT, THEY WILL REMAIN WITH THE COURTS WHERE THE NEXT GOVERNMENT CAN ADDRESS THESE. HE SPOKE AT A JOINT CONFERENCE WITH THE UNIONS, CIVIL SOCIETY REPS, NGO REPS, COUNCIL OF CHURCHES REPS, PNG BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY REPS. so elections are on, unions, churches, business, Transparency international said they grateful for the dialogue with the PM and tomorrow Port Moresby should be back to normal.
Richard Kassman of Transparency International (PNG) addresses a serious point of confusion in the minds of the public, in regards to the Status of Members of Parliament after the issue of writs on May 18. He states that MPs will remain as MP’s until the return of Writs on July 27 2012.
Representative of the PNG Business Council – Ernie Gangloff says businesses in PNG happy with the Prime Minister Peter Oneils re-assurance that Elections are on time. He said business priority now is to get things back to normal.
President of the PNG Chamber of Commerce and Industry John Leahy says Prime Minister Peter Oneils commitment to May 18 date of elections gives significant assurance to the business community that stability in PNG remains.
PNG Prime Minister Peter Oneil said the PNG Elections will be on May 18th ( the issuing of writs) as set by the PNG Electoral Commission.
He also said the issue of the Judicial Conduct Act and the Judicial Conduct Bill are matters that are now with the courts to decide. He said the new Government has to deal with it.