Parties to submit final list by Wednesday


ONLY 20 out of the 45 political parties have submitted their party endorsed candidate lists.
A disappointed registrar for political parties and candidates, Dr Alphonse Gelu, said yesterday it was very disappointing for the registry considering its input into preparing parties for the election.
“It is especially those new political parties just recently

got registered that have not submitted their list. The Registry needs to sit with the PNG Electoral Commission) to confirm the party listing.”
“The registry is giving all the political parties until Wednesday, May 17 (tomorrow), to submit their lists or face some of their candidates to be listed as independents.” Dr Gelu said it is the first time political parties have not submitted their listing on time- a concern that parties will face huge losses of candidates if all 25, that have not submitted, come short of the deadline.
With the PNGEC due to begin printing polling booth posters for respective candidates contesting all 111 seats, the registry will be faced with the dilemma of adding more names to the independents list.
“This has never happened before, in previous elections political parties come in time, as soon as the writs are issued the list of their candidates are ready.”
“For us at the registry we are quite disappointed in them because this is something that we have been telling them all along.” “It is only Pangu Pati that has some issues but the others they are okay, so that is one of the things for the new parties when I was talking to them, I was telling them as political parties there is a certain standard that the registry will require from you,” Dr Gelu said.
He said with the poster a vital part of the polling period, the extreme measure will take place with the poster to be run after tomorrow.
The 20 parties that have sent in lists as of yesterday were: Pangu, People’s Progress Party, Peoples National Congress, PNG Country Party, National Alliance, National Party, Papua New Guinea Party, Christian Democratic Party, United Resource Party, People’s Action Party, PNG Greens Party, Melanesian Alliance Party, Stars Alliance Party, Peoples Party, Coalition For Reform Party, THE Party, PNG One Nation Party, PNG Human Rights Party, GRUF PNG Party, and the PNG Constitutional Democratic Party.

 

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