PNG Electoral Commission Urged Increase Candidate Scrutiny

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

Opposition pushes for increased vetting of 2017 candidates

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, December 21, 2015) – An opposition MP in Papua New Guinea has urged the electoral commission to vet candidates contesting the 2017 election.

The MP for Kikori, Mark Maipakai, says many MPs in the current parliament have criminal records or a history of corruption.

Mr Maipakai says these kinds of people should not be in power and says they should be thoroughly screened by the electoral commission to stop them from running for office.

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